In 1980 an investor sent Katchen to Nigeria for 6 weeks. While
there she sketched subjects for a suite of etchings.
Beauty Shop” is
one of the prints from Nigeria:A Suite of 10 Etchings. This
etching was hand-pulled from 2 colored plates by master printmaker
Betsy Margolius and then hand-colored by the artist.
Around this time she began
to paint the first of her large, commissioned oil paintings.
In the early
1980s Colorado was a booming energy center. A petroleum engineer
sent Katchen to an oil rig to capture the essence of the industry.
one of the finished oil rig images, all purchased by petroleum
companies. This is a monoprint with pastel.
By the mid-80s
she had moved to Los Angeles and began to focus on pastel painting.
She began to
receive national recognition for her pastel paintings. In 1985
The Artist’s Magazine, a national publication with a circulation
of 250,000,featured one of Katchen’s paintings on the cover.
the end of the 80s Katchen had 6 published books. Planning Your
Paintings Step-by-Step is shown here in the Dutch edition. Her
books have also been translated into French and Chinese.