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 Cat Corcilius  (1944 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona/Florida      Known for: still life, Indian female figure, wildlife painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography is based on information provided by the artist:

Cathy Corcilius, nicknamed "CAT," became known for her paintings of Indian women. Cat's paintings depict many common bonds of womanhood.....pride in heritage, respect for tradition, strength of character, passion, and often, tempting charm. In her later work she has turned to realistic still life paintings of various eclectic subjects, including Western. She also does paintings of American wildlife including depictions of wolves, mountain lions, coyotes, horses and even the lowly squirrel.

She was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and lived with her parents on the Bahamas Islands, where her father was employed until Cat was of school age. Cat and her family moved to California, taking in all the sights along the way. Cat's father had an adventurous spirit and loved to take the less traveled routes. Cat's mother had an interest in everything Western and implanted the same interest in her daughter at a very young age.

Many vacations were taken in the Southwest where Cat's curiosity about the American Indians and pioneer history grew. Cat was extremely interested in the American Indian women, how they survived, and how their lives had been different from modern day women.

While in high school Cat won several scholarships to the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, taking classes during the summers. Cat gained much of her art education there, but her life's dream of becoming an artist was not thought highly of by her father. She is basically self-taught in the field of portraiture.

As an adult, Cat went on to specialize in the rendering of the American Indian woman, intending to express the feminine mystique that many American Indian women have in their expressions.

"Being a romantic, I tend to paint the American Indian woman in a somewhat spiritual or legendary setting. It is my intention to portray the American Indian woman so that her spirit, beauty and strength are the subject."

Cat works in several mediums including pastels combined with watercolor. She also works in acrylics, painting on canvas. She uses acrylic paints with an oil method, and because of that her acrylic paintings have often been mistaken to be oils.

Each Corcilius original acrylic begins with photography sessions with a model, incorporation of American Indian regalia, Southwestern landscapes and skyscapes. The painting begins with an extensive underpainting, followed by glazing to convey a feeling of mystic life. The goal is to depict a subject that seems as though she could literally walk off of the canvas.

Cat's work can be seen on greeting cards published by the Leanin' Tree Greeting Card Company, and several pieces have been chosen by collector plate companies for publication on collector plates.

Oil Painters of America
The American Plains Artists
American Women Artist's Association
The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

Selected Juried Shows:
OIl Painters of America Western Regional Show
American Plains Artists Annual Show
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
Trail of Tears, Oklahoma
George Phippen Art Show, Prescott, Arizona

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