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Rising Stars: Meet Catherine Louise

Today we’d like to introduce you to Catherine Louise.

Hi Catherine, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was introduced to art at a very young age. As both my mother and my Mema (grandmother) were both artists. I grew up painting, sewing, quilting, using a pottery wheel and gardening. I’ve tried a lot of different mediums over the years and always just did it for fun, about eight years ago, my best friend Tessia (who is also a fellow artist) told me to come out and vend with her in Thornton Park for the wine walk. It was there I fell in love with being able to show my work to others. At first, I just took out paintings and various art pieces I was making. And then, seven years ago I was helping move my Mema over from St. Pete to Orlando so we could help take care of her as she got older. It was an extremely emotional point for me, as her house was my second home. So before we left and said our final goodbyes, I clipped off the remaining rosebuds on her trellis to have as keepsakes. I sat looking at them for a few months and then that’s when I had the thought to preserve these final roses in a necklace to keep with me always. From then on, my Mema and mom would start saving flowers from their gardens for me and I would save the ones from mine for me to start creating pieces for others. Having these women who taught me so much and encouraged me to not be afraid to express myself through creativity is the reason I got to where I am today. I now cry with a bit of sadness and joy because I think of my Mema every time I’m making a new piece, as she passed away the end of last year but I know she is who is guiding me.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No road is ever smooth, and I have learned from the bumps I have gone over.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Over the past year, I have been trying to work as an artist solely. I specialize in resin work and watercolor. I am most proud of pushing myself to learn more in all my crafts. I handpick every flora piece I create with, and by that I either grow them or forage for each one and press and/or dry them.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
I guess I define success by how much joy it brings me and how much joy I can bring to others. Being able to just share a piece of me with others truly makes me feel successful. And if I can continue and be able to make a living from that, then I feel like I hit that jackpot.

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