Chatfield began detailed drawing at any early age and at 14 received oil painting and color theory instruction. The early exposure to painting and comprehension of color is evident in her work.
For her Sargent would define economy of stroke and mastery of composition. Manet and Whistler explored the subtle palette.
Picasso created breathtaking line-work .
Van Gogh, exploded emotion through color like never before.
As she moved into abstraction she was heavily influenced by Gorky, Guston, Diebenkorn, Kline, dekooning, Rothko and de stëal