Commission work, youth art lessons keep Oxford artist busy

OXFORD – Above Nate Gross’ guitar studio at 4 North Canal Street in Oxford, Caitlin Barrett sits in her own studio and paints. The walls of the small space are lined with her work, and in the middle rests a large, blank canvas practically begging for the young artist’s attention.

Unfortunately, it will have to wait because Barrett is busy trying to focus on two other projects right now: a series of murals she’s painting on commission for Roma’s Pizzeria owner Mike Barone and ironing out the details for the youth art lessons she’ll be giving this summer.

“I stretched it right before I started the mural project,” Barrett explained, referring to the canvas taking up prime real estate in her tiny atelier. She’s making good progress though, having already finished two of the four murals she has planned for Roma’s.

“It’s my first big mural project, but I’m really enjoying it,” Barrett said. She will certainly seek out similar commission work in the future, she added, even though, by her own admission, the sweeping landscapes she’s painting to fit the Italian restaurant’s theme are something of a departure from her usual subject matter.

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