Known for his watercolors and colorful abstract acrylics, Bud has always loved art, artists, and their contributions to culture but has been working at it for only about 3 years. In 2004, at the age of fifty-three, Cassiday turned to art. "I’d always wanted to be an artist –so after ending a long time career as a union organizer, I started painting day after day and night after night. A thousand paintings later, I’m still discovering creativity in myself that I thought I had, but needed to dig down to, reveal, and express."
On the American scene, I am constantly amazed and influenced by well known artists including Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Maurice Prendergast, Robert Henri, Hans Hofmann, Edward Hopper, Charles Demuth, Georgia O’Keefe, Charles Burchfield, Grant Wood, Stuart Davis, Mark Rothko, Willem De Koonig, Arshile Gorky, Lee Krasner, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Grace Hartigan, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, David Hockney, and many currently working artists not so well known. On the European side, I am influenced by the modern greats: Matisse, Picasso, Macke, Kandinsky, Cezanne, Roualt, Van Gogh, the Fauvists, the Impressionists, the Expressionists, and many others. Out of this melting pot of American and European art comes a rich mix of line and color and shape and form which enriches our lives every day.
Bud says, "As one who lives my life in that bittersweet place between memory and hope, I continue to explore the... Read More