Artists ~ Catherine Van Lancker ~ Newport

Artist’s name: Catherine Van Lancker
Shop name: CatherineVanLancker
Website: www.catherinevanlancker.com
Twitter: cvanlancker
Facebook: cvanlancker
Pinterest: cvanlancker
Instagram: cvanlancker


1. Tell us about your work
I am an artist and a teacher living and working in Rhode Island. I create original etchings, add hand painted watercolor to the originals, and then have beautiful archival prints made. I also have the original etchings available for sale upon request.

My other love is plein aire painting - painting directly outdoors using oil paint on canvas. My subjects spring from the beautiful coastal landscape where I live. I have many large, original paintings for sale upon request.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Nope, it's just my name.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have been an artist for my entire life. My undergraduate study was in illustration at RISD and painting at Massachusetts College of Art, followed by graduate work in painting at Pratt Institute and art education at RI College. For several years, I ran a successful small business manufacturing and marketing fine art products. I have worked as an ad agency art director.



4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I am an avid fisherman and love to be on the water and outdoors. (Especially in the summer!)



5. What’s your favorite item to create?
I love painting!

6. What’s your best seller?
Probably my prints...striped bass, oysters, blue crabs, quahogs....



7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I have lived in RI since I was 9 years old. I moved around for awhile but returned for good 16 years ago.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I love how RI is just like a big town. I love that you can see the water from nearly everywhere in the state.

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners?
I love Newport!

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
Just do it!

11. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
Every person is an artist...everyone has art inside of them.

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