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I strive to capture a moment in time. A slice of everyday life.


My name is Cathy Engberg, and I am an oil painter. My subject matter focus’ on family life, children at play, or animals. I strive to capture a moment in time - a slice of everyday life. I believe smaller paintings create a feeling of intimacy in my compositions. I hope to make you smile!


Cathy is currently working out of her home studio in Peoria, IL. She is inspired by everyday simple moments. She is very much a family person and that shows in her paintings. She carries her camera with her most times, hoping to capture some happy moments in life to paint from. Her paintings are loosely based on the photos she takes.

Her subject matter is most often figures relaxing, children at play or animals. Her compositions are all about shape, color and contrast. She is more concerned with the play of color in light, and will sometimes exaggerate a color, or use it in unexpected ways. She currently works on smooth cradled boards and uses softer brushes. She has studied with Karin Jurick, Carol Marine, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Randall Sexton, and Ann Feldman to name a few.

When not in her studio, she can be found hiking, quilting and playing with her grandchildren. Asked what makes her happiest about her art she replied:

“Once in a while, and it doesn’t happen all the time, I will hit on the absolutely correct value and color when I drop it into the shadow. The shadow will seem to almost disappear. Happiness is in the shadows for me. This is what I search for and love.”

Welcome, and I hope you enjoy browsing my paintings!




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