My favorite shoes are hiking boots. For years I explored the wildernesses of the Southwest, hiking, backpacking, hang gliding and mountain biking. This has profoundly influenced my work. I believe we are incomplete without a connection to, and appreciation of, the natural world. I create impressionist realism paintings of landscapes and wildlife in oils, so that my collectors can share that spiritual relationship, and to sustain a deeper respect for our vanishing wild places and the creatures that call them home.
Casey studied drawing, painting, and ceramics at CSUF California, and has been influenced by current artists like Bill Cramer, Stanley Kurth, and Camille Przewodek. She completed a professional internship with Ken Willingham at his studio and gallery in June Lake, California. Casey took every available art course while completing her degree in Psychology. Worn out after years of treating abused children and perpetrators, she returned to the business world but never stopped creating; ceramics, line drawing, painting, jewelry making and other creative venues. Today she devotes herself exclusively to creating, teaching, and studying the arts.
Casey's paintings are deeply informed by her life-long appreciation of the natural world, established through a "feet-on-the trail" connection over many years. Her outdoor education began when she was very young. She would accompany her father on fishing, hiking, bow-hunting, and archery exhibitions and shoots in the Midwest.
Nowadays her pieces showcase an ongoing fascination with the ever-changing Western and Southwestern wildernesses she has traversed for so many years, whether reflected in a patch of park near town or a remote lake only reachable by a long backpack. Her enthusiasm is translated into a vibrant, modern palette and energetic, dynamic brushwork. Look for works showcasing the Yosemite highlands, Sonoran desert, and the red rocks of Sedona.
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