Catherine Martzloff

Catherine’s return to full-time painting was motivated by some major life changes. In the process of healing from these changes she decided to depart from her job and took a leap of faith in re-committing to her art.  Just prior to leaving the position Catherine had started taking art classes locally, focusing on drawing at first 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, while raising her teenage daughter.  She supplemented classes with drawing and painting in her spare time and connected with local artists, shifting between being in the field plein-air painting and developing a studio practice in her basement.

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 are emerging with a boldness and courage not previously there.

A resident of Cranbury, NJ for over 20 years, Ms. Martzloff was born in Vancouver, BC and has been continually inspired by many masters from the Post Impressionist and Expressionist periods as well as her daughter who is now a practicing printmaker in Chicago.   Catherine’s desire is to continue to work toward developing paintings that keep the viewer engaged in something beyond the surface.