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Meet Catherine Snyder, Artist

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Artist Bio

“Is all about Color for me”

DBA  Pastels & Acrylics by Catherine


I began my interest in art as a young girl, doing clothing design and playing with colorful fabrics. Later in life after pursuing my business career for 35 years, I had a clear vision that I wanted to paint pastels. Why? Because of the vibrant colors and interesting mark-making that fascinated me.  After I retired I went to Medallion Art School in Vancouver to learn the basics of drawing and went through to working with charcoal there.  After that I “self-taught” in pastel work for a few months, until I met a wonderful pastel artist in Hood River, Karen Watson. Karen has been my mentor for nearly 4 years I have also studied with Liz Haywood Sullivan, Brenda Boylan, and this year with Marla Bagetta, all professional pastel painters and extremely gifted artists. 


Painting in pastel has been a journey that I have truly embraced.  I find that my creative spirit ebbs and flows, my style slowly becoming less representational as I progress forward into more abstract work.   Getting to do the work is a joy even when I don’t produce something that I think is sales-worthy I am growing and gaining in my knowledge of what works and what doesn’t in composition, color, and “punch”.


My acrylic painting was a journey I began during the downswing into our Covid world.  I needed to jumpstart and thought changing mediums would help facilitate that energy.  I have taken online courses and follow three really good artists who post instructional videos on YouTube. I am only just now getting some results that I consider to be “showable” The medium continues to challenge me and I am learning every time and producing a new piece.  This medium is not for anybody that is looking for a predictable outcome!!


I was unanimously juried into GALLERY 360, joined the Mosaic Arts Alliance in Vancouver WA, in 2014, and have continued to work on my skills.  I love this work and continue to learn new applications and challenge my color consciousness.  Everything I produce is different; as my “eye” continues to evolve.


In April 2018, I was awarded 1st Place in the Pastel category at the Washington Society of the Arts Show for Forest Fancy, and 1st Place in June 2017 for Morning Glow


I have a BS degree from the University of Oregon

MBA from Pepperdine University

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