Cathy Engberg is a contemporary oil painter who is currently working out of her home studio in Peoria, IL. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, she has called Peoria home since 2014.
Her paintings are playful compositions of figures and/or animals at rest or play. With an interesting balance of realism and abstraction, she enjoys painting people at activities that they enjoy. Working in oils and sometimes mixing in cold wax, Cathy’s process is a combination of addition and subtraction of paint for varied texture and interest. She is always aware that a bit of destruction might just be what the piece needs next.
When not in her studio, she can be found hiking, quilting and playing with her grandchildren. Asked what makes her happiest about her art she replied:
“Once in a while, and it doesn’t happen all the time, I hit the absolutely correct value and color and drop it into the shadow. The shadow will seem to almost disappear. Happiness is in the shadows for me. This is what I search for and love.”