Catherine Earle was born and raised in Southern France. She grew up surrounded by the lights and colors of the province. At the age of sixteen she was accepted at the Beaux Art, National Art School of France, being the youngest student enrolled. The Beaux Art was teaching the School of Dushamp, which stressed individual expression toward the creation of art. She then worked as a makeup artist for many years, with an emphasis on Stage, Opera and Ballet. She has traveled in Asia and South Pacific, deeply curious about different cultures. Considering herself a Universal citizen, she lives in North Idaho, with her two daughters. (Click here for complete bio).
Her technique is called wet on wet. She soaks the paper with water and begins painting with a wet brush. The page, made of soft white cotton, feels pure, full of water, unknown, empty. As the first color is laid down a moving story with unlimited colors and forms unfolds. When she starts painting with watercolor, her whole palette changes. The transparency of the water-based medium allows her to experience colors in a different way. She watches the pigments blend together, embracing one another as they float or glaze. She sees new possibilities in her creative process. As she paints abstract forms emerge, letting her play with them. Catherine believes in the energetic power of colors, and is pleased to let the viewers experience the finished painting in their own time, own way, allowing them, in their turn, to bring in their own and personal creative imagination.
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“Catherine‘s paintings have a sinuous, soft sensual beauty which is very appealing to the eyes. At time they almost seem to breathe. They have a spiritual dimension which transcends space and time. Catherine will lure you into meditative states to reflect on the essential truths of life. Indeed, she has an uncanny way of grasping the constant inner/outer movement which is at the heart of all living things.”