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photography by catherine chifflot
catherine chifflot nealey
Catherine’s artwork reveals her connection to the natural world. Each drawing reminds us of something simple, something vaguely familiar, but underestimated in our daily journey— like leaf on the ground in the forest, the hexagon of a honeycomb, the delicate veins of a leaf, a petal, a spider web. A longtime student and teacher of yoga, these principles guide the technique that Catherine uses to create. The effect is evident in the fluidity of her work. Each design begins with an empty space and no specific intention. It focuses, concentrates and is present in the moment. Then, with a black marker and white sheet, she starts to draw. Forms, curves, lines and patterns begin to emerge, reflecting complexity and simplicity, harmony and lightness.
Catherine is a Parisian and grew up in a family that embraced art. Her grandfather and father were both industrial designers and their respect for precision and detail is evident in her designs. Her Italian mother gave her the spontaneity to create anything, anywhere, anytime. She is a graduate of Corvisart Ecole d’Art Graphique in Paris, She started her artistic career in France and worked as an artistic director in the world of advertising. She now lives in the United States, in Barrington Hills, a quiet, wooded village northwest of Chicago. She has two children, Emilie and Thomas, and a four-legged friend, Harley.
One day, when thinking of sending Christmas greetings to her friends and family across the ocean, she decided to create her own cards. Her creativity, yoga influence, and affinity with nature converged and she began to create. It was a defining moment. She rediscovered the pleasure of self-expression and self-discovery. From that moment, Expressionkty.com was born in 2014. Today, she exhibits and sells her art, and continues to explore other forms of expression and media. Recently, she published art & chakras coloring book, an enchanting and wonderfully crafted coloring book available on her website, www.expressionkty.com.
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