The 2016 Huntsville Festival of the Arts artisan is Catherine Luce.
Exploring dreams, the fantastical and the slightly surreal are elements that keep me engaged with painting and sculpture. I enjoy creating visual stories with interesting characters both human and animal. The wilderness and wildlife around Muskoka and Algonquin Park are inspirations for this work and my landscape paintings. Music is another influence for my art as I enjoy playing piano and singing and often paint to classical music. I aspire to capture the rhythms, emotions and movement found in music in my artwork.
My creative endeavours have included working as a graphic designer and illustrator, painting wildlife murals in a Nature Centre and teaching illustration and art workshops to children. Since moving to Huntsville in 2006 I have had the challenge of creating commissions for Nuit Blanche North for three years, including large papier mache sculptures and designing puppets and performing a musical Marionette Show with my kids. I have illustrated for Muskoka Rock Choir and was NorthWords Literary Festival Artist for 2013. I show and sell my work at Mystical Woods Studio, my home studio in Huntsville, various Huntsville Art Society shows, Cobblestone Gallery in Waterloo and online at www.catherineluce.com.
Being asked to create a painting for The Huntsville Festival of the Arts was very exciting as I knew I could be imaginative and combine my love of music and the outdoors. I wanted to convey the magic and excitement of bringing world class musicians to Huntsville. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could gather them all up and bring them here “Muskoka Style”in a red canoe? A flying canoe? Why not? I then set out making interesting characters from around the world in a dream like setting. Hope you enjoy my image for this years Festival.