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I've lived a rather nomadic lifestyle and although I now consider the Desert Southwest my home, the wandering days are not over; drawing helps me explore the world. My media is pen and ink. To me, it's all about detail and process. Drawing helps me to understand the human condition, to impose my own sort of order on chaos. Although I am not personally religious, I'm interested in religious and cultural beliefs, customs, rituals, artifacts, icons, symbols, architecture, and the ways in which religion and culture affect each other. I'm drawn to the odd, the quirky, the esoteric; to the grace and flow of textiles and garments on the human form; to the emotional and psychic elements of the human condition, as well as to the physical. My formal training is in technical drawing which, when it isn't an overt element, is a heavy influence in my work.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Leaving Cartagena

Leaving Cartagena, originally uploaded by Doeki.
5" x 7"
Catherine L. Mommsen
Hannibal left Cartagena, Spain in 213 BC with 37 war elephants.
First Place, Fairfax Art League Spotlight on the Arts, 2011


  1. This is absolutely gorgeous, I love working in ink. You should have a look at my blog;, you might find it interesting. I write a lot about art.

  2. Hi Catherine, I just wrote something about graffiti and remembered your previous comment. Thought you might be interested in taking a look.

  3. I just viewed your delicious, delightful, delovely, little books at Lennas' blog. Had to come and say how very beautiful they are. The details is exquisite. And now I find this incredible elephant and I have fallen in love. Your work leaves me breathless. take care, Donna

  4. just found your blog from my friend Dayna's blog. Love your work..outstandingx
    "Enjoy"x lynda

  5. Your work is amazing Catherine. The detail you achieve is astonishing.