Cathie Cordova Oldham (Artist & Sculptor)
Portrait Sculpture – Her sculpture of Reagan currently resides in the permanent collection at the Reagan National Library.
Cathie was born in Canyon City, Colorado, but grew up in Tuscon, Arizona from the age of nine. From a very young age, she showed a great deal of artistic talent. Her second grade art teacher told her parents that their daughter was going to be an artist. From then on, they tried to keep paint and paper close by and ready for her to use.
Her art career started at age sixteen when Cathie painted a beautiful Greek mural on her parents wall. A neighbor, who owned a printing company, saw it and asked Cathie to come work for her when she got old enough. When she turned sixteen, she began working part-time for the printing company as a layout & sketch artist. Her next position involved designing yearbook covers for the American Yearbook Co. Two years later, Cathie met her husband Terry, who was in the Air Force. During this time, she was managing the art work & ad copy for the Levys Department Store art department.
In 1975 she started carving reliefs into cast ceramic ware & tablets of clay. It wasn’t long before she began entering her work into state art shows. Between 1976 and 1982, Cathie won over 200 first & second place awards. These included Best of Shows in Dallas / Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Tulsa, and Richmond, Virginia.
Cathie began experimenting with 3 dimensional sculpture at an early age. Later, in 1981 she began devoting more of her time to creating life-sized busts and figurative sculpture. In 1983 she began on a life-size sculpture of President Ronald Reagan. In 1984, the sculpture of Reagan was accepted to the White House. The bust currently resides in the permanent collection at the Reagan National Library.
Later that year Cathie and her family moved to Germany. Terry was stationed at the NATO Air Base located in Geilenkirchen, Germany. With the move came much transition for the family, as well as with her art. Cathie began exhibiting her work in Holland, Belgium, and Germany. And in 1984, she began teaching sculpture to German art teachers. The classes were held in Yultah, Germany at the House Oberbauch. The 3 dimentional & relief sculpture classes were advertised throughout Germany.
In 1989, Cathie and her family moved to Norman, Oklahoma. A year later, she was asked by the German Arts Association to return to Germany to teach a 2 week series of art classes.
In 1991, Cathie and her family moved to Biloxi, Mississippi where her husband Terry was stationed. A year later, she began carving small relief sculptures of Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis’s summer home in Biloxi. She was asked to sell these limited editions at Magnolia Memories. She was later commissioned by the museums to carve the Biloxi Lighthouse & Tullis Manor mansion. In 1993, Cathie began doing demonstrations on making sculptures & relief carvings at the Mississippi State Museum in Jackson & Biloxi. That same year, the Biloxi Museum of Art became the George Ohr Arts & Culture Center. She was asked to design 3 dimensional sculptures & reliefs of George Ohr. These included originals & limited editions.
In 1994, Cathie was commissioned to carve a relief sculpture of the Air Force Academy’s Cadet Chapel. The 9 x 12 carving was presented to the academy’s retiring General. The Air Force Academy was soon inundated with phone calls asking where they could get one. Cathie was asked to create additional carvings of various sizes, which were sold in the academy’s gift shop.
In 1997, Cathie and her son James held a Mother & Son Sculpture Show at the Pasquier House of Art. Her son James began working with clay at the age of 3. As he grew up, he was always interested in working on sculpture, drawing, and painting.
Cathie currently resides in Arizona and continues to provide private art instruction on a weekly basis. She continues to explore new ways to take her skills and experience to the next level.
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