Cathy Mevik - Contemporary abstract mixed media artist

Cathy Mevik - Contemporary abstract mixed media artist

Lets get personal!

I'm a contemporary abstract mixed media artist based on the outskirts of Oslo, Norway. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1965, but moved to Norway with my parents as a young girl. 

I've always been drawn toward my creative side. As a small child I loved to draw and could sit alone for hours with a drawing pad and some crayons. As a teen and young adult it was all about dancing. So much so that I wanted to leave Norway for the UK so I could study dance. Unfortunately, life would't allow it.  

As an adult life got ahold of me and I kind of let my creative side go. Well until I bought my first computer in 1996. Thats when I found photoshop and from there web design. All of a sudden I knew what I was ment to do for a living. I had such a passion for web design that I used hours on end trying to find out all I could about the subject. From 1997-1999 I studied part time and got my first job as a web designer right out of school! Today I am a co-owner in a web design company and I enjoy being a web designer to this day. 

In 2013, I picked up a pencil for the first time since I was a child and drew my first portrait. The next day I ran out and bought a pencil set, a kneeded eraser and drawing paper. After that I was hooked. I spent the next two years absorbing anything I could find on the subject. I would spend my nights drawing. It was such a good feeling to just dissapear into this world of drawing. I couldn't believe that I had let this part of me go for so long. It felt like I was finally whole again. In 2014 after a year of watching YouTube videos, I decided to try and paint faces. I found myself struggling again, just as I had when first learning web design. I joined multiple online workshops, and found myself with a new hobby. Art journaling! I couldn't get enough and had to get some creative time every day to feel good. The art journaling ended up taking me a step further and I joined a couple of local art classes and started painting on canvas. I was hooked and that started a whole new journey of me trying to find my artistic voice.

I started out painting faces on my canvases, and even tho I loved drawing and painting faces, it didn't feel right on canvas.  I was in love with mark making and charcoal and I wanted to do something abstract.  I thought it would be easy, but boy was I wrong! After two years of working abstract I've only just begun to find my artistic voice, and I have no idea where it will take me. That's what I love the most about art!

I hope you will follow me on my journey and that I'm able to inspire you on yours.