First of all, happy March! I hope you all enjoyed Leap Day yesterday and either did something really special with your extra day, OR made it just another ordinary Wednesday. Both are perfectly acceptable in my book.

For a few months now, I’ve been wanting to share with you a local artist who has come to inspire and captivate me. Her name is Cathy Bratter, and since the beginning of her life, she has struggled to hear. Incredibly, as soon as she discovered she was deaf, she felt a weight lift off her shoulders. How many of us think we’d be able to say the same thing?

According to Cathy, being deaf increased her visual sense and art is her means of communication and keeping in touch. In Cathy’s words, “I follow a very meditative process, resulting in art that is layered and expressionistic. The past, present and the future become one. I see the relationships in nature that generate moods and emotions. I try to capture these in my work. I create with rock, metals, paints and found objects. My sculptures and paintings express what is in my heart.”

Cathy’s work is featured at Hickory Chair at IMS, and every time I’m in there, I’m reminded of not only her impressive work, but her beautiful story as well. They way she interprets nature, and the serene movement she imposes in each piece…truly a sight to behold.

If you get a chance, take a moment to click on her website and peruse her extensive body of work. I challenge you to be unmoved by Cathy and her incredible story and talent. And remember…I can always help you decide the perfect place in your home to showcase your favorite Cathy Bratter piece!



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Renae Keller is an award-winning, ASID certified interior designer in Minneapolis-St. Paul, specializing in new construction and large remodels. Trusted by homebuilders, architects and homebuyers alike, Renae is known for creating an overall design vision that blends functionality and aesthetics, while keeping the details intertwined, and her customer's style in clear focus.


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