February 2017 Featured Artists

Best in Show Winners

2nd Annual Leaves & Petals

Traditional Art

Catherine Martinez-Perez

"Rainbow Dew"
21.25" x 19.5", $1,500

Born and raised in Southern California in an American-Mexican, Catholic family, Catherine has been pursuing her love of art since her father saw her talent and began exposing her to the world of art at the age of four. Her father was her biggest supporter and inspiration. He shared his daughter’s love of the classics and encouraged her classical training. Both of her parents have been instrumental in bringing out Catherine’s own unique style in her artwork. Another source of inspiration for Catherine has been the amazing museums and displays of art in the cultures that she enjoyed discovering during her travels in Russia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, England and Mexico. The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia made a particular impact on her life.

Out of high school, Catherine was offered a scholarship at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. During her years at Art Center, she was offered her first high paying job as a computer graphic designer opening up a new career working with computers. She has been able to apply her creative talents in developing web pages and databases.

Catherine takes great pleasure in creating large format watercolor paintings. Nature and children are her favorite subjects. She enjoys experimenting in other mediums but her passion is in watercolors, something her father encouraged the day she discovered watercolor painting for the first time.

After taking some time away from painting to focus on her family, Catherine is excited to once again concentrate on her first love. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, teaching art to children and keeping up with her college son since the Fall of 2016.

Please visit Catherine's website page or email her if you are interested in purchasing his award winning piece or if you would like to see more of his work.

 Digital Art & Photography

Sylvia Freeman

Digital Photography
12.5" x 16.5", $200 (unframed)

Sylvia Freeman is a photographer, published writer and a singer who performs and writes music for fleur-de-lisa, an acapella quartet who put music to poetry.

She became interested in photography in college where she began as a studio art major and graduated with a degree in English and Art History.

Sylvia’s experienced eye serves her well in what she chooses to photograph digitally. Her comprehensive interest in all the arts also plays into the selections she makes.

The use of natural light in her photos is important to her as she goes about her close examination and appreciation of nature.

Please visit Sylvia's Facebook Page or email her if you are interested in purchasing this award winning piece or if you would like to see more of his work.