Hi, I’m Cass.
I’m a painter, a photographer, and visual storyteller.
My passion is documenting life’s explorations. I’m interested in the personal excavations that help people transform.
In other words, I’m not going to shoot your wedding.
Weddings are beautiful occasions. But what drives me as an artist is helping people document the tough stuff… the small pivots along the way to those big events.
Whether it’s for a personal project or professional development, I work to honor your real-life scars, provocative lines, and complex curves that come with living out loud.
I love collaborating with clients on small projects. The best imagery comes from feeling permission to be yourself. Clients tell me that my personality, along with my open and direct communication style make that possible.
My process is driven by empathy, so I start by finding the best modes of communication that work for my client. Beginning with the consultation, through collaborative planning, shooting and editing stages, I flex the communication modes and environment to make the process work for you. This includes assistance in finding a comfortable and accessible shoot location, and which accommodations to make it possible.
See my Services for shoot and paint packages.
Why you should work with me
I’m a highly creative and innovative artist who brings a vast array of past work experience with her. A scientist, a program manager, a retail associate, a restaurant worker, a mother and a quality team leader. These hats are handy!
I’m a good listener. I work well with individuals and small teams to collaborate on how to best represent their unique spirit and personal evolution.
I create a supportive and personable setting for our work. I also work well with fellow neurodivergent and disabled folks, whether they openly identify or not. My philosophy around neurodivergence and disability is that we aren’t superhumans, nor are we tragic or broken people. We are normal. We matter. I make room for this.
I find value in exploring identity and finding self-acceptance. I find that our road to self-acceptance begins with creating space and finding the ways for expression. For me, it is a passion to be able to help others working on this journey through creative expression.
A photography instructor once said that I “shoot like a painter”. It’s true. I’m a classical painter, who learned to document through photography.
I blend my classical background techniques with modern themes and compositions. My style is intended to evoke the feeling of a vintage styled photograph or painting that tells a story, while preserving some mystery for the imagination.
My style intentionally fluctuates throughout my paintings and photography, allowing for exciting, flexible outcomes. The looks range from classic, painterly Impressionism, with highlighted form and composition, to an illustrative style, with hard lines, bold contrast, and richly cinematic colors.
- Oil paintings
- Lifestyle photography
- Professional headshots
- Portrait & figurative
- Food & still life
- Candid shots
- Product images
- Fine art reference images
I spent a lot of time in art galleries growing up. My mother, an artist and gallery owner herself, taught children’s art classes. My siblings and I learned to paint and draw beginning in grade school.
As an adult, I was introduced to formal photography as an applied scientist, using it for documentation in my work.
I began plein air oil painting to ease the stress and burn out from my science gig. Over the last decade, I shifted my focus to figurative expression, moved out of the science world and into full-time work in oil painting, photography and mixed-media (pastel, watercolor, pencil and ink).
My current works
I seek to create art that invites curiosity and engages the imagination. It’s my hope to conjure feelings of strength and positivity through my expression, while also provoking internal dialogue, open conversation and enjoyment.
My artwork is influenced by my personal experiences and various media relating to art, science, culture, and politics. Much of my work is about human self-inquiry and expression around areas of love, intimacy, power, identity, sexuality and gender.
My latest works are celebratory erotic paintings and photographic prints like “The Pink Series”, an introspective self-portrait collection. I offer commissioned figurative paintings (from your photographs or mine), plein air landscapes, and still life scenes.
I’m writing a book about modern neurodivergent people and how they develop their creative process.
I love running, reading, hot yoga, beaches & tea. I’m queer, autistic, ADHD, dyslexic, disabled, and a Mom. I embrace these with grit and joy while living in the San Francisco Bay Area with two kids and one Tibbie-Pom. I’m learning and practicing how to be a better human.
My favorite analog camera at the moment is an antique, 120mm box camera, Jem Jr., manufactured in New Jersey, in 1948.
I’m chronicling my photography adventures, like my dive back into analog photography with the Jem Jr., in my new exclusive content area, Back to My Senses.
This insiders only membership is your behind the scenes pass to how my art is made…
You’ll get an unapologetic multi-media, showcase of my creative process.
Back To My Senses is an audio and visual nerd-fest that’s fun, sassy, and righteously candid. Videos, imagery and words about how I shoot and paint. Occasional cameos by the creative folks I meet.
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No white picket fences, no small talk, just direct and to the point. You get a glimpse at raw, meaningful imagery and a peek into my creative process.
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