The quiet small town charm and history of Bordentown is captured along Walnut Street in this beautiful landscape oil painting. A sense of community and time exists in the connectivity between the homes that is as compelling as the architectural details and beautiful palette of colors.
Catherine returned to full-time painting about 12 years ago with the onset of some significant life changes. In that process, she took a leap of faith by departing from her job and re-committing to her art. Prior to leaving her work place Catherine had started taking art classes locally focusing on drawing to re-connect with the basics. About a year later, she was encouraged to move into painting by one of her teachers. Although she was a bit hesitant, it wasn’t long before it became clear this was right where she needed to be.
Quickly, memories returned surrounding the joy in painting as an art major in college where hours would sweep by like seconds. That was happening again, even with the frustrations of starting over. With diligence and commitment she practiced, supplementing classes with drawing and painting in her spare time and by connecting with local artists; shifting between hours in the field plein-air painting and developing a studio practice.
Ms. Martzloff began showing her drawings and some paintings in 2011 receiving acceptance into a variety of local juried shows which overall provided affirmation to keep going. Finding more of a flow extending from a consistent practice and willingness to push past comfort zones, a shift occurred in her approach and vision within the last few years. Feeling a close connection to color as a source since childhood, her paintings continue to emerge with a boldness and courage not previously there.
A resident of Cranbury, NJ for over 25 years, Ms. Martzloff was born in Vancouver, BC and has been continually inspired by many masters from the Post Impressionist and Expressionist periods. Her desire is to continue to develop paintings that keep the viewer engaged in something beyond the surface.