Catherine Jeltes On the Canvas and Behind The Camera

by Catherine Jeltes in Studio Bits
Etsy has recently enabled sellers to include an “About” page for their shop.  (Yay Etsy!) Essentially this gives us the opportunity to share bits and pieces about ourselves, our art, and our creative process with our customers and fellow “Etsians”.  I’ve decided to re-post my About page for my galleryzooart Etsy shop below. 

On the Canvas and Behind the Camera

I am passionate.

I am spirited.

I see the world around me through rose colored glasses (because without them, frankly, I can’t see AT ALL.)

I create with emotion and heart. Sometimes it may involve wine.

During my workday, a break might include saving a baby bunny from one of my overly enthusiastic cats or using a palette knife to pry apart Legos. Waving said palette knife in a threatening manner along with shouting “Put down the bunny!” is also an effective strategy.

I approach my photography the same as my painting. Taking the picture equals a blank canvas. Working with it in the digital darkroom (SO glad life has changed since my undergrad days and I can work in the chemical free daylight) I merge what the camera sees with what my mind’s eye sees. This is an effective approach to housework as well. My mind’s eye sees…clean. And so it is.

I work with acrylics because I do not have the patience to work with oils. Weeks to dry? Really? In my studio that is a recipe for a super textured mixed media work, or in other words, sharing DNA with my cats.


If you’d like to take a peak at the real thing (which includes a brief slideshow with fun pictures!) go ahead and follow this link to my galleryzooart Etsy shop.  Enjoy!