“Since moving back to the Bay Area a few years ago, I’ve been fascinated by the many moods of the sea and sky: their rhythms, their sunsets, and the transcendence they inspire within me. I’m in constant awe of nature’s power and balance, its ever-changing beauty and the deep emotions it draws from us. Interpreting this beauty and these emotions is an ongoing journey, one that has taken me from my roots in post impressionism and into a new realm of simplification - an interpretive style that borders on abstraction.”
Cathy (Himmelberger) Richardi is a self-taught artist. She began her painting practice in 2008, after a career in marketing for a major airline and a second career in interior design. During these years she lived in New York, California and Texas, but throughout her life Cathy turned to her easel and oil paints as an outlet for her creativity. After living briefly in Marin county in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s, she returned 20 years later. Inspired by the Northern California landscape, she decided to take up painting full-time.
Today, Cathy maintains a studio at the historic Industrial Center Building in Sausalito, home base for over 100 artists. In November 2019, Cathy's painting Violet Reflections was featured in 'Bridge to Abstraction', a juried exhibition at the Arc Gallery in San Francisco. In May 2021 her painting Cloudy Blue was juried by gallerist Jen Tough, founder of the Artist Alliance Community, into the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts online exhibition BLUE. Cathy participates in Open Studios events and welcomes private studio visits by appointment.