Vicki Catapano is a third generation Californian, a professional artist for 30 years, and an alumni of Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, California. Vicki is becoming one of the West’s most respected and collectable realists. “Many subjects tend to rise and fall in popularity, but I don’t believe Western Art will ever die,” says Vicki. “It is one of the few ways we have of preserving our Western heritage.” It is her portraits of Native American children and young adults that are her favorite subjects, because she says, “They are so uninhibited, innocent and fresh.” Somewhere between her initial concept and the finished piece, Vicki responds with sensitivity, emotional involvement, sense of humor and excitement that sets her apart. Her ability to capture her subject’s inner spirit, her use of vivid color, and her overall composition and design are combined to create an unforgettable art experience. Vicki has participated in several recognized shows including: Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition; the Mountain Oyster Club Show in Tucson, Arizona; the Crocker-Kingsley Art Exhibition, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California; the annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition; and American Women Artist’s National Competition in Taos, New Mexico. She has won several “Best of Show” awards including a Gold Medal in oil and acrylic at the Western Art Roundup in Winnemucca, Nevada; and Best of Show 37th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition. Her work has also been featured in several fine publications including the Western Horseman, Nevada Magazine, Ranch and Country Magazine, and The Great Southwest Corporate Calendar.