"The context of landscape and the untamed rural, juxtaposed with our urban domain and its evolving culture are the usual topics of my work. Painting is my method of weaving my contemplations and curiosities. Inevitably I make reference to our daily myopic tendencies and how it pales against the grandeur of earth’s geological cadence and structure. Also I’m drawn to history of civilizations and mysteries within landscapes. The gentle “scapes” of my native England and the magnificent landforms in California create a propensity to fluctuation between visions of beauty and emotions of displacement. Painting ignites dialogue and as I work I develop relationship with the piece.
Questions come up like…
In what way is the current cultural awareness effecting how we regard landscape? How direct must the imagery be while having a sense of mystery and intrigue to capture a sustained gaze?
I am captivated by materials and how they might interact. I experiment with staging and mixing my mediums on the painting platform to persuade elements of surprise and expressions that feed into my topic and give language to my imagination."
Catherine grew up near the Moors and Dales of northern England and attended Art College in London for her BFA. The natural world has always provided poetic intrigue and she has used painting, sculptural installations and drawings as a platform to explore various ways of communicating phenomenology of land & locale. After graduating with an MFA from John F Kennedy University, Berkeley, Ca., Catherine was awarded the Sonoma County Emerging Artist Award and twice nominated for the prestigious Eureka Fellowship.