Cortney North

About Cortney

Cortney North’s paintings are inspired by her love for color, fun and nature. She resides and works in Columbus, Ohio.


Cortney received a Bachelor in Fine Art and Art Education. Cortney has won numerous awards for her artwork and is featured in collections both nationally and internationally.


Since she was young, Cortney has loved creating anything to do with art. One of her fondest memories as a child revolves around getting the 96-count Crayola crayon box with yet-to-be-named colors in the box – oh the possibilities!

Those crayons are long gone, but her love of color lives on through her art as well as through an ever-growing collection of paint chips from the hardware store (they make great bookmarks!).


Cortney splits her time between her art business and working part-time at a veterinary clinic. She is married to her college sweetheart. He is the left brain to her right brain though they both have art degrees. They share their home with Carl Cat, a 5 year-old laid back, tuxedo cat and an ancient, opinionated bearded dragon, who loves blueberries and lettuce.


Insight into completing an abstract painting

“The beginning of each piece is more impulsive and spontaneous than the final steps. I am responding to the marks on the canvas or paper and feeling my way through to the next step. I already have the colors in my head, but I place the next stroke based on my intuition.

Once the large details are complete, I step away for hours or days then re-evaluate. Using small adjustments and calculated additions, I refine the painting until it is complete.”

Love of Color

“Studying the history of colors and their meanings has given me a rich background on how our current colors came into being. Not only do I love finding these colors in nature paired with an unexpected color mate, but it is intriguing to research how former civilizations were equally inspired – having the same want to recreate the color in their home, on pottery or on their clothes. It connects me to human history, art history, and also to this modern day with my access to pigments former artists could have only imagined.

One of my favorite books on color is “The Secret Lives of Color” by Kassia St. Clair. It is well-researched, well written and fascinating!”



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