Cathy Liu lives in San Francisco and on the Big Island of Hawaii where she’s constantly inspired by the fragility and force of life. She grew up in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Before she graduated from SJSU with a B.A. in Italian Studies, she studied in Florence, Italy where she met her husband, Architect Craig Steely. After working for Mother Jones Magazine for five years she focused on the investigative and exploratory work of painting.

Artist Statement: “My abstract organic paintings are a playful meditation on life––how we’re interconnected with everyone and everything, yet uniquely shaped and part of a vibrant dynamic whole. Originally, the organic shapes flowed naturally from the wood grain of my first plywood paintings. The discarded wood scraps were a physical reminder of being a small part of the whole. My canvas paintings similarly elaborate upon the idea that only part of the picture is visible. The canvases are painted beyond the borders with the images extending out over the edges. After many years of canvas paintings, I returned to nature, finding driftwood and rocks to paint––again, just little pieces of a majestic, only imaginable, ever-expanding whole.”


Cathy Liu
8 Beaver Street
San Francisco, California 94114 USA