Local artist Katerin Goold comes from a family of artists who helped her paint her paint her largest artwork to date on the streets of the ViBe District
Earlier this month, a new creative crosswalk street mural was added to Cypress Avenue in the ViBe Creative District. The new artwork is located at 21st ½ Street on a large 40 feet by 42 feet stamped concrete pedestrian crosswalk which is a highly trafficked area between two large commercial buildings. Hundreds of office workers and general public pass the space daily with as many as 4,600 cars driving by, according to a 2017 traffic study. There are currently 8 creative crosswalks through the district which have been painted since Spring 2016 with the help of over 3,000 members of the public. Funded in part by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission and Business Consortium for Arts Support, the creative crosswalk projects are community events led by local artists, like featured artist Katerin Goold. Goold helped direct family members and other public individuals to create her artwork for ViBe’s Second Saturday event in June.
Artist Katerin Goold sketches out her artwork design on the roadway in preparation for the public creative crosswalk painting event.
Get to know artist Katerin Goold:
Have you always lived in Virginia Beach?
Yes, born and raised, I moved to Greenville, North Carolina for 5 years to attend East Carolina University School of Art and Design where I studied Printmaking and Drawing.
Do you come from a family of artists?
Yes, I would say that I do. My Grandmother is a painter, as is my Auntie Val and cousin Ashley. My mother also paints from time to time and my niece, Saylor has quite an interest in drawing. My brother is craftsman who specializes in hand crafted wood furniture with his business Goold Furniture and Design.
Artist Katerin Goold (front center in traffic vest) and her family who helped her paint her largest artwork to date.
Where did you get the inspiration for your Fish People?
I grew up working at Tautog’s Restaurant on 23rd Street where I was a hostess. On the slower winter nights I would doodle in the hostess book, fish and underwater scenes were what I drew most often. I have always been fascinated with the ocean and the creatures that live there. You could say the fish got their start at Tautog’s and were somewhat inspired by the actual Tautog fish. They have big giant lips and teeth like no other fish. When I went off to art school, I was challenged by my professors to draw something that wasn’t a fish or from the ocean, to draw something I did not draw often, but to use inspiration from what I knew and where I had grown up. I found this assignment frustrating because the ocean was what I knew and the beach was where I had grown up. I tossed this around in my brain and began sketching for the assignment thinking about what I knew and didn’t know. I was not good at drawing people, I could draw their faces, but had trouble with hands, arms, feet, basically the whole figure. I had spent many nights observing people as a hostess and seen A LOT of different types of people and personalities working in the service industry. I loved drawing any type of animal and was well practiced. As my brain continued sending off thought bubbles, my whimsical side began to take over and the Fish People where created. The next day when I showed up for the critique in class, I proudly hung my drawing of Fish People on the board and proclaimed, I did not draw fish, I drew Fish People.
What was the experience of painting the crosswalk like?
It was incredible. I have always loved working on large canvases and this was by far the largest I have ever had the opportunity to work on. Words really can’t describe how much fun I had, and I don’t think I stopped smiling for the rest of the weekend and well into the next week.
Artist Katerin Goold putting the finishing touches on her creative crosswalk artwork, after 6 hours of painting.
What surprised you about working with the public?
The amount of energy and excitement the public brought to the moment was great. To see the joy and sense of accomplishment on the kid’s faces was really the best part. Also knowing that it was a bonding experience for the kids with their parents was really special. I was lucky to have a lot of my family show up to help paint. The day that we painted the crosswalk would have been my Grandfather, Skee Burns’ 87th Birthday, making the fact that I was with my family painting on the crosswalk even more special.
What artwork/artist in the ViBe inspires you?
I have to give a shout to Igor. I have admired his work for a long time, back from the days of his painting the store windows for places like 17th Street Surf Shop. Those store windows are what inspired me to paint on a large scale.
Where do you typically find inspiration for your artwork?
The ocean, music, other artists, a song lyric, nature, bright colors and loose lines. I love finding patterns and designs in things.
Where do you hope your artwork will be in 5 years?
I hope to still be growing as an artist and to inspire others.
To view Katerin Goold’s mural in person, visit Cypress Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets in Virginia Beach—just off Route 264. This mural and every outdoor mural located in the ViBe Creative District can be viewed online via the ViBe Creative District Mural Map – a Google Map app.