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After several years of working full time in advertising and trying to build a painting business, I left my full-time job two years ago to spend more time on my art. I have always been making art and since 2011, have been focusing on painting landscapes. I paint with Golden and Liquitex acrylics and most often paint on canvas. I am constantly taking photos of the beautiful landscape around me. I take photos at stop lights, out on the open road, from inside the airport terminal; though I sometimes go on a drive specifically to take photos, most often I am inspired by scenes in my everyday life.
Catherine Freshley is a landscape painter originally from Portland, Oregon, currently living in Wichita, Kansas. Freshley is endlessly inspired by and in constant awe of our natural surroundings. She responds most to scenes of “normal,” yet spectacular, beauty – not mountains, or canyons, or any kind of remarkable geographic formations, but the openness of flat land, the highways that stretch across it and the expansive skies above it all. Freshley aims to capture and preserve the beauty of these everyday scenes and whether of vast, clear skies or dramatic cloud formations, her paintings transport the viewer to places that are familiar and comfortable. Her paintings are representative, but she omits intricate detail, allowing viewers to layer their own memory and meaning onto her paintings.
Freshley has a degree in economics and English from Tulane University in New Orleans. She worked for a New Orleans-based advertising agency for seven years and now spends most of her time as an artist and occasionally consults in brand and digital advertising strategy. Freshley has taken art classes at Tulane, University of Oregon, Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, and Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, and has studied with Marc Hanson.
Freshley’s work can be found in the homes of collectors across the country. Corporate clients include Oklahoma City Thunder, Kimray, Stillwater Medical, NBC Bank, Crowe & Dunlevy, Villagio Senior Living/Choice Capital Partners, LLC and Enid’s Central National Bank Center.
SELECT SOLO SHOWS
2018 Wigwam Gallery, Altus, OK
2017 Clarity Coffee, Oklahoma City, OK
2017 Da Vinci's, Enid, OK
2016 The Collective, Oklahoma City, OK
2016 Legacy Bank, Edmond, OK
2016 Elemental Coffee, Oklahoma City, OK
2015 Jackson Diamond Jewelers, Enid, OK
2014 Da Vinci's, Enid, OK
2013 Design Collaborative, Spokane, WA
2012 The Elk, Spokane, WA
2018 Festival of the Arts, Oklahoma City, OK
2017 Autumn & Art, Wichita, KS
2017 Festival of the Arts, Oklahoma City, OK
2016 Festival of the Arts, Oklahoma City, OK
2017 Marc Hanson workshop, Franklin, TN
2014 Continuing education, acrylic painting, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
2009 BA in economics and English, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and departmental honors, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Oklahoma City Thunder
Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater Cancer Center
NBC Oklahoma (bank)
Central National Bank Center (Enid)
Villagio Senior Living/Choice Capital Partners, LLC
Crowe & Dunlevy
Hornbeek Blatt Architects
Red Rock Distributing
The American Scholar "Portrait of the Artist: Catherine Freshley - Where the Wind Comes Sweeping"
Roominate a pictureframes.com blog "Artist Spotlight: Catherine Freshley"
Enid News and Eagle "Thunder commissions painting by Enid artist for Chesapeake Energy Arena"
Enid News and Eagle "The Sky's the Limit, and the Inspiration, for Enid artist"
405 Magazine "Showing your home's soul with art"
The Oklahoman "Norman art walk to feature Flower Power Market"
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