Cadee Rockwell creates custom pet portraits that surely delight her clients; as well as gorgeous landscapes and iconic Scranton landmark artwork! We absolutely love her work and are thrilled to have her at this year’s Arts on the Square!
Tell us a little about yourself as an artist.
Since I was young I always felt an urge to create. I was not concerned with a finished product as much as I was needing a tool for expression and communication. As I got older that need to express myself through art grew into a passion and my style began to emerge. I hope to convey my love for color and texture through my art, and give you insight as to how I see the world. I continued developing my style and refining my skills though schooling. I graduated in 2008 from Moravian college with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art and Psychology. As a broke college post graduate, I took a job to pay the bills but I continued as a commission artist mainly by word of mouth. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to commit more time and attention to my art. In 2016, I opened my Etsy shop and have been advertising locally about my work. I want the commissioned work to look like the images I am given but I also want my passion to pour out onto the canvas.
What mediums do you work in?
I mainly use oil and acrylic paint. My preference is oil. With oil I can create so many rich colors and it is better for layering and blending. I have been starting to experiment with watercolors, it is a very freeing and unpredictable medium so I am having fun playing around with that as well.
What are your favorite subjects? What inspires you?
I have really found a love for painting dogs. I am a dog mom of two and I am completely obsessed with them so I get so much joy delivering paintings to animal people. They go crazy over them! I love that part. But I equally love painting landscapes. In both subjects I love the color and texture I can create with fur and foliage. Nature inspires me. I grew up as a camper and also a distance runner, so I spend countless hours outside observing the world around me. I always notice the micro movements of the leaves and watch how it affects the color, the way the warm light flickers in and speckles the landscape and directs your eye, and I am always aware of shapes, lines and negative and positive space relationships in nature.
What kind of commissioned work do you do? Do you have an all time favorite piece?
I do any commission I am approached with by the client. I paint animals, people, landscapes, and combinations of the three. I am starting a new line of floral bouquets as well. I will work with the client and discuss what their vision is. I have had people give me complete freedom with colors and others that would like the painting to fit in a particular space based on color. I am happy to accommodate needs to make sure the finished product is something they are happy with and can cherish forever. I don’t think I have an all time favorite commission, but I had so much fun painting a recent dog because the canvas was huge and her fur was amazing!
What types of work will you be featuring at AOTS?
I will be displaying a few commission paintings as examples of work I can create for future clients. I will also have several original oil paintings, including a few local Scranton landmarks, and some original floral watercolors and prints for sale. I will be accepting commissions on site!
Follow Cadee Rockwell Art:
Website: www.cadeerockwellart.com (coming soon!)
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