Catherine Eaton Skinner
Specialty: Mixed Media
Skinner’s work has a depth of layers that matches her need to allow a work be beautiful, as well as spiritual. She moves from the simplicity of tantric forms to the complications of grids and multiplicity. Birds move amongst her trees that stretch tall, marking the energy between sky and earth. The five elements – earth, fire, water, air and space - come into play in the actual physicality of her media: beeswax, resin, and oil; stones and metals; lead sheeting, precious metals; cast glass and bronze; textiles and natural dyes; collected old book pages and handmade Himalayan papers.
Skinner's work gives expression to her journeys through many cultures over the years. From ancient time forward, people have journeyed to sacred places; Skinner writes, "We live in a world where it may be difficult to feel a part of the whole, but we continue trying to find ways to connect to place and to each other. By leaving offerings of our own, we connect not only with those who have come before us, but also to those pilgrims yet to come."
Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, Catherine Skinner received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Stanford University, where she studied art with Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell. She now divides her time between studios in Seattle and Santa Fe. Skinner works as a multidisciplinary artist, incorporating painting and encaustic, printmaking and photography. Sculptural forms range from unique assemblage to castings in glass and bronze.
Prestigious galleries nationwide represent Skinner’s work. Exhibiting museums include: Museum of Northwest Art; Bellevue Art Museum; Florida State University Museum; Coos Bay Museum; Museum of Art Los Angeles, and the Museum of Glass. Skinner’s artwork is in numerous private collections internationally, as well as important public collections, among them are: Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington; Tacoma Art Museum; Virginia Mason Medical Center; Swedish Cancer Institute; Seeds of Compassion collection at Seattle University; Seattle Children’s Hospital; Boeing Corporation, and Embassy of the United States in Tokyo, Japan.