Local Artist

Local Artist

By DeAnna Holman
My name is Caitlin Schwerin, and I am 37-years-old. I am a transplant from the Bay
Area, and I’ve lived 14 wonderful years here in Chico. And by here, I actually need
to include Durham, because I am a new resident in this charming town.
I started painting my first year in college. I dabbled, but didn’t for a second,
consider it more than a hobby. A few years later, I was constructing all my space
around this hobby. I held full-time jobs, quit college for 6 years, continued to paint in my spare time,
and then something magical happened. On the eve of my 6th year away from college, I held an
art show in conjunction with our office Christmas party. I sold half my show… HALF! I could afford
to go back to school. So I quit my job,packed my things and came back to Chico. I earned my
BA in Fine Art,got a good local job which I held for almost two years, and then, when times were
tough, and the company let 45% of their staff go…I decided to just paint. See if I could make it
work. It was 4 years on the 15th of November. It worked!! It turns out you
can do what you love and get by.
About my work:
There is a heavy helping of gesso that creates the texture – something I picked up
by mistake in 1999 while spilling a quart of it in my Dad’s garage. My medium is
acrylic, and my tools are brushes and sponges. I make all my frames except those
that I buy. The images are part photographs of places I’ve been or driven by, and
part complete imagination. All of them are emotionally seasoned.
Please visit my website @ caitlinschwerin.com. And welcome to my world.

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