Cathy Perillo

As a Plein Air painter, I work directly from the landscape aiming towards getting the value relationships and warmth or coolness of the color.  Using a somewhat limited palette, I mix to get the exact color I see—trying to put down the subtle color variations while interpreting the relationship of colors to each other.

I grew up in Connecticut on Long Island Sound where the sea was both meditative and stormy.  I particularly love the bold, gestural line of color on the horizon during sunrise and sunset.  For me it is about capturing the moment—the mood of the sea or the exact response of the sky to the sun setting. The scene changes quickly and I try to capture the moment as a symphony of color-both intense and subtle- crosses the sky.

For the past 10 years I have focused on painting seascapes from my home in San Francisco, California, Cannon Beach, Oregon and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.   I have been fortunate to have traveled and painted in many beautiful places including Venice, Italy, Tuscany, and the Swiss Alps.

Education: M.F.A. (painting), University of California, Berkeley, CA  1985; M.A. (painting), University of California, Berkeley, CA 1984; B.F.A. (painting & printmaking), Boston University, Boston, MA  1981

Solo  & Two-Person Exhibitions:

2017   Seascapes, Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco, CA
2007   Seascapes, New Work, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
1999   Plein Air Paintings, San Francisco State University
Plein Air Paintings, Huckleberry’s, Vancouver, WA
1996   Jazz Paintings, One World Café, San Francisco, CA
1995   1 Woman’s Show, Latest Paintings, San Francisco State University
1994   New Work, Zur Ostee, Lubeck, Germany
Landscapes & Chairs, da Capo Restaurant, Lubeck, Germany
1993   The Rosenbergs, a 30th Anniversary, in conjunction with Amnesty International, Daily Planet Bookstore, Hollywood, CA
1991   Chair, Performance, Harbor College, Wilmington, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2013   Plein Air 2013, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR
2010   Group Show, Talisman Gallery, Portland, OR
2007   An exhibit of contemporary art of Yosemite and the Sierra, Yosemite Museum Gallery.  (Traveling Exhibit)
Artists’ Valentines, Barbara Anderson Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Stave Wine Lounge, Napa, California
Member’s Show, Mercury  20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2006   Small Work, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
Happiness for all the Artists, Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, CA
2004   Inner Workings, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
2000   10-printmakers/10 perspectives, Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, CA
Serial Monogamy, Communications Technology Cluster, Oakland, CA
1997   Winter Group Show, Emmie Smock Gallery, San Francisco
Group Show, Emmie Smock Gallery, San Francisco, CA
One to Three makes 27, First Street Gallery, Claremont, CA
1996  Group Show,  Emmie Smock Gallery, San Francisco, CA
WOA (works of art), Da Gallery, Pomona, CA
1995   Art of the Matter, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA
1994   Art as a Forum for Social Change, San Francisco State University
1993   Printed Words /Printed Images, Salathe Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
1991   Annual Exhibit, Ontario Museum of Art and History, Ontario, CA
1990   Art as Social Comment, Brockman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1988   Summer Salon, Ivy Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1988   Work of the Spirit, Ceres Gallery, New York City
1986   “Exhibition 86”, (Juried by Peter Selz), Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA


2006   An Exhibit of Contemporary Art of Yosemite and the Sierra, Yosemite Museum Gallery.  (Cash award)
1991   Honorable Mention, Ontario Museum of Art, Ontario, CA
1985   Maybelle Toombs Prize, University of California, Berkeley


1994   Art/Life, Volume 14 – Number 6
1992   Art/Life, Volume 12, Number 8, Cover Illustration
1987   Los Angeles City College Collegian, Volume CXVll #6, Politically Conscious Art


2002   Yosemite Renaissance, Artist-in-Residence, Yosemite National Park
1997-2000     California Arts Council, Artist-in-Residence Grant


Oxbow Center for Arts, Saugatuck Michigan
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

Public & Private Collections:

Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut
Represented in private collections throughout the United States, Germany  and Switzerland.

Cathy Perillo "Sunrise Hawaii"




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