Artist Statement Bold splashes of color, playful mark making and whimsical images inspired by nature are captured in Cecelia’s intuitive, expressive acrylic floral paintings on canvas. Playing with color and painting tools, line and bold brush strokes Cecelia creates paintings that are energized, colorful and joyful. Cecelia’s paintings bring positive energy and happiness to any space. Cecelia’s intention for her work is to capture the beauty and whimsy of natural forms. Her inspiration is guided by intuition to create the expressive, abstracted layers. She captures the energy and beauty of flowers through whimsy, abstraction and imagination. Her passion for gardening, growing flowers, and spending time outdoors exploring parks and gardens fuels her art inspiration. She has also been exploring the beauty of cocktails, the shape of the glassware, colors and whimsical names are a source of endless inspiration as she paints them in a bold, expressive technique with acrylics and big brushes.
Cecelia has been teaching art and creating for over 20 years. She has always loved painting and sharing the joy of creative expression with others. She loves teaching art to all ages and has taught elementary art in public schools and is currently teaching art classes to all ages through local art centers such as the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield. Her newest adventure is her own art school called The Creative Arts Oasis in Waukesha where she teaches acrylic painting, watercolors, alcohol inks, mixed media and wool felting to kids and adults. Cecelia left her public school teaching career because of chronic pain and fatigue from fibromyalgia and arthritis which makes everyday tasks challenging at times. Making art gives her a safe, comfortable place to relax and find relief and a positive outlet to express herself. Cecelia grew up in Tucson, AZ and still spends time there with her family. She lives in Waukesha with her husband and their furry kids, Colby a beagle mix and Jack an orange tabby cat.
Art Exhibits 2019 July Boerner Botanical Gardens Featured Artist, Garden House 2019 June Inspiration Studios, West Allis, Solo Show, A Year of Cocktails 2019 Cedarburg Cultural Center Members Show 2018, 2019 The BIG Show, The Arts Mill, Grafton, WI 2018 Boerner Botanical Gardens Featured Artist, Garden House 2016 Rain Barrel Painting Demonstration, Retzer Nature Center 2016 April Artist in Residence, Cedarburg Cultural Center 2016/2017 Members Show, Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee 2016 Artists in the Garden, League of Milwaukee Artists Show, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee, WI 2014/2015/2017 Member's Show, MOWA, Museum of Wisconsin Art 2014 Colors of Summer Group Art Exhibition The Springs Gallery, Waukesha, WI 2013 Waukesha Guitar Town Artist- painted a playable Gibson guitar, "Farmer's Market" On display at Good Harvest Market, Waukesha, WI 2013 Good Harvest Market and Cafe- Featured artist
Juried Art Fairs 2017 Museum of Wisconsin Art Chalk and Art Fest 2015-2018 Mount Mary Starving Artists Show, Milwaukee, WI 2016-2018 Cedarburg Strawberry Festival, Cedarburg, WI 2016, 2017 Rockford Art Museum, Greenwich Village Art Fair,IL 2016, 2017 Winter Art Fair Off the Square, Madison, WI 2016, 2017 Lake Country Festival of Art, Delafield, WI Memberships 2017-Present: League of Milwaukee Artists, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople
2013-Present Creative Arts Oasis, Art School, Waukesha, WI, Owner, manager and teaching artist 2017-2018 UW-Waukesha Continuing Education Program, Waukesha, WI I created and facilitated acrylic painting classes for adults. 2017-2018 Waukesha Parks and Recreation Program, Waukesha, WI I created and facilitated acrylic painting classes for adults. 2017-2018 Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI, I created and facilitated acrylic painting and drawing classes for children and adults 2017-Present Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, WI I created and facilitate acrylic painting, drawing and ceramics classes for children and adults. 2014-2015 Arts for All Community Art Program, Waukesha Public Library, I facilitated acrylic painting classes for adults. 2013-2015 Pewaukee Parks and Recreation Program, I facilitated acrylic painting classes for children and adults. 2006-2013 Lake Geneva School District, Lake Geneva, WI Elementary art teacher grades 4K-5. 2003-2005 Desert Willow Elementary, Tucson, AZ Full time elementary art teacher for grades 1-5.
1999 BFA Studio Art and Art Education University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2010 M.Ed Masters in Education, Carroll University, Waukesha, WI 2014 Masters of Science, Foundations of Counseling, Concordia University, Mequon, WI 2013 Certified Life Coach, World Coaching Institute 2005 Certificate in Floral Design, Floral Design Institute, Portland, OR
Creative Arts Oasis @Fischer Creative Arts Center 223 Maple Ave Waukesha, WI 53186