Isa Catto is a visual artist whose compositions move between abstraction and representation, but are first and foremost informed by color. She pulls inspiration from a variety of sources: the cultivated landscape of her high altitude garden, the wilder one at large surrounding her native Colorado Rockies, and the more subterranean territories of mythology, literature and poetry. These sources are conduits to more universal terrain, where she explores the rigors of loss, belonging, authenticity and connection, all the while examining the arenas of motherhood, sanctuary and redemption. Her bi-monthly Creative Rummage blog posts reflect and augment this creative process and are can be read here.
Isa has spent the last twenty five years working in watercolor and mixed media, as well as teaching workshops at arts institutions around the country, including Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, and the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She is represented by Harvey Meadows Gallery and Kristy Stubbs Gallery. She also writes a regular column for The Chronicle of Philanthropy and is a quiet advocate for the arts, social justice and conservation. She and her husband host the Catch and Release Writers in Residence program on their small farm with the national literary organization Aspen Words. She lives outside of Aspen, Colorado, with her husband, the writer Daniel A. Shaw, two children and various dogs, and hikes in the hills at every available opportunity to peer at things.