CATHY LIONTAS

I paint daily, mostly plein aire, (on location) and stay with a particular theme or subject until I’ve captured the feeling or emotion I have about it. It’s important for me to look for the design, shadow pattern and light effects of a scene. Using a limited palette I build up the painting letting areas of the under surface show through. I’ve painted in other mediums before, but I find oils allow me to experiment more with texture and brush work.

My hometown of Milford, CT, is a small and beautiful city with 5 beaches, walking trails, and a state park. It’s a continual source of inspiration for me.

I retired 4 years ago from a wonderful career in Education. Like Tom Hank’s portrayal of Forest Gump who started running and couldn’t stop, I took palette and paint in hand, loaded up a carry bag, a portable easel and some bug spray and headed out as often as possible to paint.

I teach in my home Studio, and travel yearly to Monhegan Island to paint. I’ve been lucky enough to paint in France, Italy, Rockport, MA, and Vermont. This summer I head to the Dolomites in northern Italy.

I’m deeply inspired by the works of Claude Monet, Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Saregeant, Eugene Boudin, Gustave Caillebotte, and Edouard Manet. Charles Sovek, Charles Movalli, Don Stone and Frederick Judd Waugh are some of the more contemporary artists whose work I study and try to learn from.

Art is an amazing journey , an adventure and a delight for the senses. Please check back from time to time and be sure to visit my blog for short anecdotes and interesting information on the painting process.

Thanks for visiting!

Contact: cathyliontas@gmail.com

2020

Jan/Feb - MAC Member and Resident Show

March - Corlis Gallery, Albany, NY, Monhegan Artists show

2019

Nov - "Painting Journey" exhibit held at Cafe Atlantique in Milford, CT, featuring paintings of over 20 students who paint weekly with Cathy L.

Oct - Judged “Landscapes from Unique Perspective” show sponsored by Coastal Artists of CT, held at Firehouse Gallery, Milford, CT.

Aug - Painted with “Tree Tops Crew” on Monhegan Island, Maine

March - Mural Painting completed at Life Haven, New Haven, CT

April - Group Show at Southbury Library, 100 Poverty Rd. “Treetops Crew Paints Monhegan Island”

Collection of over 40 paintings by six artists. Opening: April 4th@ 6:30 p.m.

2018

Oct - Bronze Award, Cape Anne Plein Aire, Quick Draw Competition

Aug - “Waterscapes" Show at Milford Arts Council, third place

May - Café Atlantique, Broad St., Milford. Solo show for month

Feb - Milford Arts Council Member and Residents Show

Jan - Firehouse Gallery, Milford: “Go Figure” Show

2017

Nov - MAC exhibit and auction: “Small Works”

Oct - Middlebury Land Trust “People’s Choice” Award

June - MAC Spring Show: Honorable Mention for “Buckingham Ave. Pond”

May - MAC Pop-up exhibit at Milford Yacht Club: Honorable Mention for “Gulf Beach Marsh”