Whimsical, magical, spiritual – these are some of the words that collectors use to describe the paintings of Cathy Chong. Her unique painting style communicates a lyrical and mystical vision of nature that is illuminated with a bold color palette and an exciting intensity of light. This is accomplished with multiple layers of abstract geometrically shaped brushstrokes creating a sense of texture and depth.
The artist explains, ”My art is inspired by the mystery of our universe at the spiritual level. My paintings are meditative visions of the radiant source of energy expressed through color and shape. Whether in landscapes or abstractions, the essential theme is joy and wholeness.”
Cathy has discovered that these layers of color are visually enhanced when viewed with special 3D glasses and shows them with her paintings as a fun aspect. Her work is shown regularly in solo and group exhibitions throughout New England and is represented in both private and corporate collections.
The artist also enjoys experimentation with mixed media work. For a solo show entitled, “The Art in Golf” she created a mixed media collection of painted golf balls and equipment joined together to create sculptures, some of it interactive. She continues to create mixed media and interactive works of art and was commissioned to decorate one of the cows for the 2000 New York City Cow Parade. Cathy was also commissioned by the Greater Hartford Arts Council to complete three projects for the United Arts Campaign for 2000, 2002 and 2007. Her mixed media work has been featured on WFSBTV Channel 3 News, and has been reviewed in a variety of publications: Avon Life, Journal Inquirer, The Hartford Courant, and Art New England.
Cathy completed an M.A. in Holistic Thinking at the Graduate Institute. She received a Bachelors degree in Studio Art from Lehigh University and was honored with the school’s Fine Art Award. She is also a recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council in the year 2000. Cathy is currently an educator in Hartford Public Schools, and she is an active member of several other local Art Organizations. She currently lives and runs her studio in Avon, CT.