Cathy Welner, Active Member

Cathy Welner received her B.S. in education from the State University of New York at Cortland. She has been teaching watercolor since 1975 in addition to being on the faculty of Continuing Education at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Welner has taught workshops nationally, and internationally including many workshops on Lake Como in Italy. Cathy’s work has been featured in galleries in New York, Colorado, Main Massachusetts, and Ohio. Her work hangs in hundreds of private and corporate collections both here and abroad.
Her workshops generate a lot of enthusiasm with students as she generously shares her tips, tricks, and techniques. Her painting philosophy is to transcend photorealism. She allows the flow of paint and brushwork to create a mood and capture the essence of the subject in a painterly fashion. Lavish florals and warm landscapes share her distinct painting style.
Cathy became a member of the Whiskey Painters of America in 1985 and has been an active participant in all off their shows and “outings” since then. She has traveled with fellow artists to locations such as Colorado, New England, the Carolinas and extensively throughout Ohio.
Interview with Cathy:
WPA: Who was your sponsor into the Whiskey Painters?
Cathy: I was very flattered when Florian Lawton approached me to join the WPA.
WPA: Do you remember how old you were when you began painting?
Cathy: I always painted. Ever since I was a little girl, I was drawing and painting because my mother painted, and I was inspired by her.
WPA: What is your favorite medium?
Cathy: Watercolor
WPA: What is the funniest incident you can remember while completing a painting?
Cathy: Well, there was one time when we were all attacked by bees while out painting. We were using a particular product that has honey as an ingredient.
WPA: Name your absolute favorite place to paint.
Cathy: Probably Colorado. It is just beautiful there.
WPA: Favorite subject?
Cathy: Although I do pant a lot of florals, my favorite subject to paint is landscapes.
WPA: What artistic achievement meant the most to you?
Cathy: Recently I was coaxed into entering a painting into the American Watercolor Society show, and I was delighted when my painting was selected.
WPA: Who influenced your work most, and how?
Cathy: As I mentioned, my mother was a great inspiration. Watching her as she painted the subjects that she loved was an important influence for me as an artist. She painted her entire life, right to the end.