San Anselmo, CA
I texture most of my canvases with gesso – spreading it onto the canvas with a palette knife, much like icing a cake. I use ordinary ocelo sponges to apply the background colors simultaneously adding and subtracting colors while blending them into each other. All the detailed work is done with brushes. My work ranges in size from 4" x 4" to 36" x 36" and is on canvas or board. You can’t see the love that is infused into every piece, but you will be able to feel it.
My name is Caitlin Schwerin (pronounced Shur-een) and I am a painter. I have been a full-time working artist since 2004, working steadily in Butte County, with the exception of 2016 – 2018, when I was enrolled in the teaching credential program at Chico State.
On the morning of November 8th, 2018, I lost my home, my studio, and my town in Paradise to the Camp Fire. I was driving to the high school where I was student teaching and watched the cloud of smoke follow me to campus; completely unaware of what was happening. My dear neighbor called during 3rd period to let me know that our homes were on fire. I was lucky to be at school – my neighbor was one of thousands who had minutes to get their kids and animals into their cars and drive through the fire. I was left with my car, its contents, and the clothes I was wearing.
I have been lucky enough to have friends and family who have housed me, donated clothes, toiletries, art materials, pillows, money…everything one has and takes for granted that they will always have…until they don’t. It’s been difficult. I still cry all the time. I miss my community, my friends, I miss my plants, my space, my routines, my blanket that I had since I was 15…I miss the light and warmth that infused my studio and home.
And as sad as I feel at times, my artwork always takes me to a happy place. It reflects the light that shines with every kind exchange I encounter - and there are many.
I am eternally grateful that I have a little spot to create in and that I have the opportunity to be included in Marin Open Studios!!!