"Solo Exhibition, Hunterdon Art Museum, 20019"
Chatfield began detailed drawing at an early age and started formal painting lessons at 14 when her father, a mechanical engineer, recognized her artistic potential. Before her painting lessons began, however, she studied color theory. Only when she could reproduce every hue her instructor assigned did her painting begin. This early deep and organic understanding of color has shown itself in her work.
As she progressed it would be Sargent and his economy of stroke that would set the bar. For her technically there still is no greater master.
Manet’s subtle palette and Picasso’s fluid line-work were aspirations as well. And as she began to free herself from the literal into the lyrical, she was heavily influenced by the whimsy of Gorky and deconstruction of Diebenkorn, Kline, de Kooning, and Rothko.
Art Students League, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Fashion Institute of Technology, NY
Hunter College, NY
Studied with Jean Buckly, Ron Lent, Robert Saxton, Stuart Shils.