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Catherine Parke

Abstract color studies, landscapes, figure/form

Studio 8S

Media: acrylic painting, collage, mixed media (.jpgs in folder)

Hours:  Saturday 2-5 p.m. & by appointment


Address:  Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr Street, Columbia, MO 65201

Phone: 573-289-0825

Sales: If you are interested in purchasing an original painting, commissioning a piece, or seeing my work at a time convenient for you, please contact me at: 573-289-0825; or

Commissions:  I greatly enjoy collaborating with people who have interest in my work and would like a specific new piece created for them. We’ll have fun deciding on colors, size, and subject matter in relation to where the piece will hang. We can also collaborate on the actual painting!

Artist’s Statement:

From the day Mrs. Crowley, in Washington, DC, kindergarten, put out the brightly colored finger paints and shiny white paper, I’ve been hooked on color. Color moves, encompasses, and nourishes infinitely.  Color abstractions are my primary art form.

I also make mixed media art. Having never outgrown my delight in picking up fascinating objects, I take these treasures home or to my studio, and wait for their instructions. Mixed media is for me half Ouija board, half engineering problem.

Growing up in Washington, DC, a city abundant in art museums and galleries, and thanks to my parents who let me wander around art from childhood on, I regularly spent time with Georgia O’Keefe, Helen Frankenthaler, Arthur Dove, Paul Klee, Pierre Bonnard, Jacob Lawrence, Berthe Morisot, and Edgar Degas, among many others, who became and remain friends and family.

My formal training is in literature. I taught at the University of Missouri in English & Women’s Studies for thirty years and now teach part time at Moberly Area Community.  I have no formal training as a visual artist. Whatever I may know about art and bring to making art comes from all the generous artist-teachers, living and dead, who have done their work and their truth, beauty, knowledge, including the magnificent artist Bruce Lee who wrote, “Art is a technique for acquiring liberty.” Truth, beauty, knowledge, liberty—together these are art.