Tightrope, pastel and collage, 2015
Amazon,pastel, 18 x 24, 2014
Zanziba,pastel and collage, 9 x 12, 2015
Kiva, pastel and collage, 18 x 24, 2015
Valparaiso, Mixed Media, 12 X 9, 2015
Poetic License, Mixed Media, 12 x 9, 2015
BoneRaven, 1996 Life size doll
Porcelain, Metal, Cloth
Phoenix Pastel and Collage 18 x 24, 2015
Kaleidoscope Collage and Pastel 18x 24, 2014
Cantabile Pastel 18x 24
Batja Cates studied multimedia and Art and Authentic Movement in the 90's as part of the Sonoma State University Expressive Arts Therapy Program*. She has done art all of her life, creating her own comic books as a child. Currently she focuses on collage and pastel, often combining them. Batja works intuitively, informed by a lifetime of art appreciation. Most of her artwork is experimental and she creates techniques as she goes along. One of her experiments was with wire-supported paper on a layered paper surface. She also uses images as "mosaics."
" In my collages, the images take on a life of their own. I often have no idea of the total effect until I see them at a distance. I enjoy being surprised by what shows up".