Cathy Heller
Featured Artist 
January 2020
All photos by Paul Hartelius
Originally from Bound Brook, New Jersey, I relocated back to New Jersey after living many years in Northern Virginia where my husband and I raised our two children. We maintain a summer home on LBI that has been in my husbands family for 70 years.

I received my Associates of Arts from Centenary College, where I completed course work in drawing and art history. I have since developed my skills by taking courses and workshops with well known professional artists in colored pencil, pastel, and watercolor. I am currently working almost solely in colored pencil, a medium that suits my style of representational art. I like to draw landscapes, seascapes, and still life using a bold, colorful, and minimalist approach to my compositions.

I am a member of the Pine Shores Art Association, a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, and the Metro Washington Chapter 109 of the CPSA. 

While living in VA, I was an exhibiting member of the Artist's Undertaking Gallery and Spirited Collections Gallery in Occoquan, VA. My work was selected for exhibit at the Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA; “Explore This” in Stuart, FL; the “Signature Showcase” in Del Ray Beach, FL; and the CPSA Chapter 109 colored pencil exhibit at Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD. My paintings were selected for five international colored pencil shows across the country. I recently received my 5 year CPSA Merit Award at the Chicago Exhibit in 2018 where my juried painting BAKELITE BANGLES was selected for The Legion Paper Award for Exceptional Merit. 

Locally at Pine Shores, I have been honored to receive the Best In Show award for two previous Fall Harvest exhibits, a Judges Choice Award, and the Tom Rutledge Realism Award.

I am happy to live in Ocean County and while a member of Pine Shores Art Association I plan to explore new techniques in my chosen medium and capture the natural beauty of the seashore and the pine lands.