About Catherine LaPointe Vollmer
Growing up in a rural area surrounded by nature, I always took its abundance for granted. It wasn’t until I started traveling as an adult that I realized I didn’t need to go far to find the beauty that inspires me. My soft pastel paintings shine light on familiar sights and quiet scenes that I might otherwise have just driven by.
Whether working from my reference photos or en plein air, I try to capture the freshness of a moment before the light changes. I start by planning out the scene with simple thumbnail sketches in two or three values to identify interesting patterns of light and dark within the scene. I then simplify any details that might distract from this pattern, and illuminate the scene using the rich colors and textures of pastel.
I am especially drawn to patterns of light and dark in nature because of the scarcity of the sun in my northern climate. For a few brief moments, the sun holds the power to transform the shape of my surroundings before disappearing again. I believe there is beauty in the humble and mundane, if you look at it in just the right light.
The name started back in my college days- I was playing with an anagram generator and it rearranged "Catherine LaPointe" into "Patience Lionheart". I thought it sounded pretty cool, but soon forgot about it.
After many years it re-entered my mind because of how well it has represented my journey. I have absolutely needed to learn patience while building my business. But patience alone won't get you anywhere. If you want something to happen, you need to believe you can do it.
Don't take no for an answer- make it happen.