"I believe, in some way, it's a necessity to have beauty in our lives. This is reflected in nature as it bursts with beauty and the fact that cultures of all times have found ways to create it."
 
~ Cathy June Arneson

About 

   
Cathy June Arneson has spent most of her life in Southern California enjoying nature and the outdoors, by gardening, camping, and hiking. 

Taking classes in art whenever possible throughout the school years, Cathy’s fine art studies were set aside while raising her family. Creative pastimes, however, continued to be an important part of her life, from photography, to sewing, cake decorating and home crafts. She also enjoyed sharing arts and craft activities with her children and watching their creativity and artistic skills develop. 

As time went on she returned to her love of drawing portraits, first in colored pencil or charcoal, then in pastel. Once she discovered the beauty of layers of colors and painterly effects that could be achieved with pastels, she was hooked. Cathy finds pastel is a joy to work with because of its velvety texture and rich color. Along with that, it’s versatility and archival qualities make it her medium of choice since the mid 1990’s.

“I am fascinated by the way light shapes and defines an object or scene and give new life and color to the ordinary. It is a privilege and a pleasure to submerge myself into a subject and try to capture that moment in time when all the elements of light and form, color and composition first captured my attention.”
 
Cathy continues to paint portraits and landscapes in pastel. She also illustrated a children’s book in pastel, “We Eat Food That’s Fresh!” by Angela Russ Ayon, Our Rainbow Press. 
 
Now living in Southwest Washington, Cathy is constantly filled with an immense appreciation for the beauty of the Northwest    
“I am fascinated by the way light shapes and defines an object or scene and gives new life and color to the ordinary. It is a privilege and a pleasure to submerge myself into a subject and try to capture that moment in time when all the elements of light and form, color and composition first captured my attention and emotion.”
 
~ Cathy June Arneson