Catherine Bickford founder of Artascope, is a painter and teacher. Catherine asserts that teaching, practicing art, and collecting can be healing. She has used her passion for art to build community and connection in her own life. Teaching has allowed her to grow as an artist while raising her family on Willard Beach in South Portland. I think of my paintings as winks from the universe. I look for times when the light is low and and the shadows are long because that is when I feel most alive. My paintings are an attempt to share the moments when the universe overwhelms me with color, shape, pattern, and light. I try to stay on the edge between rendering form and building abstractly through flat color and energetic brushwork.