Cassie (Palazola) Doyon was born and raised in Gloucester. She currently lives in Haverhill and has worked as an artist and art educator in the Merrimack Valley and North Shore for the past twenty-five years. She has a BA with a focus in graphic design from Salem State College and a MA in art education from Tufts University/SMFA. Cassie has been involved in the Merrimack Valley community for the past ten years, working with the Esperanza Academy, Si Se Puede, Lawrence Community Works and Vinfen/Point After Club. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout Massachusetts; and has had public installations of her mosaics in Lawrence and Newburyport.
I work in mixed media with a strong focus on mosaics. I use a wide variety of materials in my work, including natural, foraged and found items such as sea glass, bone, driftwood and stone. My use of color is widely variable, from muted and earth toned to bright and psychedelic hues. Where mosaic work tends to be structured and planned, I try to incorporate spontaneity and serendipity within my pieces. I am particularly focused on surface design and pushing the boundaries of sculpture with unconventional and re-purposed materials.
Much of my artwork is abstract in style and form, reflecting my lifelong interest in tribal art and artifacts from around the world. I was born and raised in a seaside town, and the ocean has been a powerful, repetitive theme through most every piece of art I have made. In addition, I like to create “color and texture memories” of places I’ve visited over the years, and to explore macro and micro-environments in nature.