Catherine Sky's love of painting was nurtured by the art museums of Washington, DC where she was born and raised. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA, 2001) where she studied figurative painting and art education.  There she became interested in landscape painting and through a fellowship at Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan created a series of paintings exploring the dune ecology of Northern Indiana and Western Michigan.

After relocating to San Francisco in 2011,  Catherine began a new series based on the relationship between urban forms and the natural environment. Inspired by views from her neighborhood near Mt Davidson, the paintings depict buildings stacked up steep hills,  enormous container ships in the San Francisco Bay and transmission towers framing the horizon, only to be obliterated by amorphous fog.  Water appears in some form in most of Catherine's work and she hopes to provide the viewer with a chance to consider the exchange between human needs and the landscape that supports us all. 

The foundation of all of Catherine's work is a commitment to working from direct observation.  Drawings and paintings begun on site reflect the influence of Turner, Whistler and Monet in a desire to directly capture the effects of atmosphere and light.  Later in her Mission District studio, she adjusts color and composition to reflect a more conceptual handling of space derived from intense study of the work ofCezanne, Diebenkorn and Hockney.  Contemporary artists, Anne Gale, Stuart Shils,  Alex Kanevsky and Eric Aho provide further guidance as the painting progresses. 

The astonishing scope and scale of the Bay Area landscape continue to inform Catherine's work.  Currently she is working on a series inspired by the Port of Oakland.  She is also an art educator with over 20 years of experience teaching art to children.


selected exhibitions

City Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA,  exhibiting member, current

Live Worms Gallery,  San Francisco, CA June 2016

Arc Gallery  "Impulse" Bay Area Juried Exhibition  San Francisco January 2016

Asterisk Gallery San Francisco November 2015,  November 2014

Mission Pie San Francisco October 1-26 2015

SMAART Gallery, Invited artist,  San Francisco Open Studios and Gallery Exhibit  October 1-25 2015

Art Explosion  Open Studios, September 2015, March 2015, March 2016

A Woman's Eye Gallery San Francisco- Solo show August 2014



Bachelors of Fine Arts ; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001  dual concentration: Painting and Art Education

1993 - current - Art Educator, New Orleans Public Schools; Chicago Public Schools; Oxbow School of Art, Saugatuck MI- Art on the Meadow Program; Miraloma Cooperative PreSchool, San Francisco; Young Rembrandts of San Francisco and Marin

Painting Fellow, Ox Bow School of Art, Saugatuck MI 2001, 





Catherine Sky (BFA , The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001) is a painter and art educator based in the Bay Area with ties to many landscapes, including the Indiana Dunes National Park,  the woods and waterways of Western Michigan and the urban landscape of San Francisco. 


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