A native of California who now makes Camden, Maine her home, Kathy Ocariz is an artist with a flair for design who fills her work with imagination expressed through a strong sense of color.  Her brilliantly colored paintings, fused glass pieces, ceramics and sculptures, show a boundless energy inspired by the subject as well as the medium. She does not limit her choice of materials preferring to apply her own innate sense of color and design to anything that fascinates her. She is equally at home in a wood workshop as she is in her ceramics and fused glass studio.  In addition to having an educational background in multi-media art, Kathy has gained intimate knowledge of world-class art and artists through her travels as an educational tour guide. Kathy is well known in the field of elementary education in Orange County California through her work with “Art Masters” as a classroom art teacher and for her lively and informative art workshops that she conducted for teachers, all around Southern California.
 While living in California with her husband Jose and raising their two sons,  Andres and Esteban, she was a member of Orange County Fine Arts, member and past President of the Mission Viejo Fine Arts Society and co-owner of The Window Gallery Fine Art in San Juan Capistrano.  Now living in Camden Maine, Kathy is a member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and a member and volunteer at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. She displays her work in her Brookside Studio- Gallery, at her home in Camden.                                                                                                                            “I have been an artist all my life. For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for color and a desire               to discover new ways in which to express myself creatively. My enthusiasm for experimenting with a new medium or learning an exciting new technique, fuels my imagination, allowing new visions to come alive for me. I cannot limit myself, I prefer to vary my purpose from one work to another, often shifting my attitude, style or medium from one day to the next.  I am a “multiple personality” artist and as I have all my life, I will continue to enjoy every minute of the creative process.
I love living in Maine.  I have new and exciting inspiration, not only from the incredible beauty that surrounds me, but from the wonderful friends who support and encourage me everyday”.
The Artist