Primarily a figure painter, my art practice includes explorations with not only the figure but its environment. Throughout my career I have continued to explore a traditional and abstracted style. I feel that each direction informs the other and keeps my work fresh. My exploration takes me down a vast array of paths as I search for the best way to communicate.
I actively work as a fine artist and I exhibit nationally throughout the year. I have had six museum shows and exhibited in over forty juried shows in the last decade. I have received accolades for my work from the Pastel Society of America, Art Directors Club of New York, Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Pastel Journal and Campaign Papers. I have also received two Pastel 100 Awards placing me as one of the top 100 pastelists in the world. My work is collected by civic institutions, colleges and universities, and private patrons across the United States, Canada and Europe. I am a member of Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America and the California Art Club. My work can be view on my website at www.cathylocke.com.
I hold a M.F.A. in fine arts painting from the Academy of Art University (AAU) in San Francisco. I received my B.F.A. in graphic design and packaging from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I was awarded honors with both degrees. For the last decade I have been teaching a wide variety of courses for both undergraduate and graduate fine arts department at the Academy of Art University (AAU).
I am the founder of Russian Art Tour. For the last eight years I have been developing a lecture series on European and Russian art. I lecture in five of the major museums in Russia during the summer.
In 2017 I will be lecturing for the California library system on Russian art from 1917 to 2017. I also maintain a blog on European and Russian art (musings-on-art.org).