Cathleen Nardo has had a varied career in the arts and in business. After graduating from Denison University, she made her way to NYC to pursue a career in the theatre. There, she worked Off Broadway, in regional theatres (including Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of The Desert Song), as a featured singer aboard cruise ships and in NYC cabarets. In 1990 she left performing and joined a team producing theme park attractions, corporate meetings and product launches. This work led her to a long and happy tenure in the online advertising business at Grey Interactive, a division of Grey Advertising. Cathleen now lives and works in New Jersey. The purchase of a historic home in Plainfield unleashed her “inner gardener” and untapped love of nature. A class at the NY Botanical Garden in Botanical illustration initiated her new path as a visual artist.
Cathleen N. | Artist | Jerry's Shopper
"My mother was an artist, so we were always creating in my childhood home, making everything from ornate homemade Valentines to tie dyed clothing. I always loved it; art was a daily part of our lives. However, I spent my early years pursuing singing, acting and dancing, eventually professionally in NYC. As many of us in that profession do, I changed careers in my forties to a job with a steady income in the corporate world. In search of a new creative outlet, I took a class in botanical illustration and have been a passionate visual artist ever since. Having traded NYC for suburban New Jersey, I was lucky enough to discover Jerry’s, both the storefront and their online presence. Especially when trying new media, it’s wonderful to be able to see and touch the materials. I love exploring the aisles and shelves of Jerry’s and always discover something new I want to try. Their salespeople are knowledgeable and helpful. On the other hand, since I still work full time, the convenience of ordering what I need online is invaluable. Their selection is wonderful and the prices are fair. In two years I will retire and become a full time artist again, although, this time, as a painter. I’m sure I will continue to be inspired by what I find at Jerry’s."
-- Cathleen N.
My mother was an artist and growing up watching her had a big impact on my life. I have dabbled in drawing, pottery, watercolor, acrylics and sculpture, and I am currently taking acrylic painting classes. I also have supplies for oils, open acrylics, water-based oils, gouache, pastels, pencil, colored pencil and watercolor pencil. I would like to get pan pastels as well.
I try to absorb information from everything around me, including nature, people, the internet, videos, workshops and lessons. I want to spend the rest of my life improving my art. Heaven knows I waited too long as it is.
I raised two beautiful children, a boy and a girl, and have five grandchildren and one great grandson, whom I still watch one day a week. I am trying to introduce him to art but he still prefers cars and dinosaurs.
My goal is to see as many beautiful things in life as I can in the time that I have left and paint the scenes that are my favorites. I prefer landscapes and the ocean, as I grew up close to the sea and spent many an hour thinking about life there and writing poetry.
I live alone with my dog, Maya, among the pines.
"One of my fondest memories as a child was sitting at my mother's feet with an assortment of paints and crayons and paper being an artist while my mother did her artwork above. As I got older, I got discouraged that I could not do work as well as she, and gradually stopped doing painting all together. I dabbled in ceramics and sewing to ease my creative energy but always yearned to paint again. After my mother passed, she left all her art supplies to me, and still it took years for me to start it up again. Once I retired, I started taking in all the sources of training I could get my hands on -- youtube, videos, workshops and finally a wonderful acrylic instructor. I realize now that my mother may have been better at drawing than I, but my paintings are just different. I have learned not to compare and not to judge. I am retired and on a steady income, and I wouldn't be able to continue to try all the different media I want without Jerry's great variety of products and wonderful sales. I can also count on getting free shipping on almost every order and quick delivery as well. I keep well stocked with all the supplies I need now to keep my creative love flowing. If only I hadn't waited until I was in my 60's to get started. Well, better late than never, I say. I thank my mother for the encouragement from my earliest years and Jerry for providing everything I need to keep going!"
-- Wendy W.
Debbie A. | Artist | Jerry's Shopper
Hello! My name is Debbie, and I am a recent graduate from St. Lawrence University in New York. I majored in Economics, and double minored in Fine Arts and Anthropology, three fields that one would not picture to mix together cohesively. However, there are a lot of intersectional connections that I have found between art, these subjects, and my daily life. It’s as if there is a socially constructed door between art and economics, the creative mind and the logical mind, and anthropology helps to bridge the gap and suggest why those notions exist.
To explain, let me tell a story:
There is no such thing as bad art. Many of my peers who have studied the sciences often tell me they have little to no artist ability. This is simply not true. They either haven’t found their medium yet, or they just do not have the confidence or the time to pursue their passions. Art does not only have to be made with a pencil and paper. It can be painted, it can be written, it can be spoken, it can be performed, it can be built, and it can be produced in a plethora of other forms. I was fortunate enough to be raised in a home where my skills and talents were acknowledged and encouraged, and I wish to do the same for others. I hope to continue learning, pursuing a career that will allow me to educate, inspire and build confidence in others through art.
"During my years at St. Lawrence University, I lived in and managed a theme house called the Artist Guild. While there, I was able to lead themed workshops, host art events, as well as curate and coordinate a student exhibition.
Living at the Artist Guild, as well as being a house coordinator allowed me to utilize my skills developed from my liberal arts degree. With access to materials, I was able to practice art everyday. I was able to expand my knowledge of art culturally and anthropologically, by talking about and doing with art with others.
To me, art is power. Art is a vehicle for communication, learning, love, community building, and appreciation. Culture and diversity can be exemplified through art, and these works have a power that can reach broader audiences.
Through Jerry’s Artarma, I am finding so many wonderful tools and materials that I would have loved the Artist Guild and people in the St. Lawrence and art community to have access to. I wish to become an art educator, and while I am walking on my career path, I will definitely purchase materials from this inspiring community. These tools will assist me in teaching others, and helping others to grow within themselves and gain the self-confidence and power to flourish in their art and in life. "
-- Debbie A.
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