After interviewing Catherine Cross Tsintzos, it is difficult to not be blown away by the many facets that her lifetime of art and exploration has resulted in. From crayons to collage, fine art to fine craft, farming indigo to making it into dye; no one can put this woman in a box!
Her passion shines through in all that she does, and we are looking forward to hosting her in Cuba for our upcoming travel journaling workshop. With many ways to experience this fascinating city on the verge of historical change, Catherine will be guiding you through a series of techniques to capture the essence of Cuba and it’s people in a unique format…the travel journal. What can you create when you allow art into your life? Just ask Catherine…
Talk to me about your evolution as an artist… How did it begin, how was it nurtured, and how has your art changed over the years?
Creativity and has always been in my makeup. I was allowed to be myself and had many opportunities to become confident with my art and self expression growing up. A family who supported the arts made it easy for me to transition into keeping art in my life as an adult. Mother always nurtured the art as I was growing up by providing plenty of Crayolas, paints, coloring books, blank paper and art lessons. As a child, I spent time with my grandmother who would hand color tint black and white photographs with oil paints and created exotic and fun decorations during holidays. She was a wonderful storyteller. I was given freedom as a teenager to paint murals on the walls of my bedroom and large chip boards for painting on in our basement.
I recognized in my late 20’s that keeping art in my life was critical to my well being and shared with my family that my life from that day forward would never involve work that was not connected to art and creativity. During my thirties and forties, I created much more art to sale and exhibit. When I reached 50, educating others to keep the arts alive seemed to shift as a big focus and selling my art became less important. With a supportive family, strong faith and wonderful friends, my life has been an arts mission.