Artist member since 2020
Jordan Station, Ontario
CathArine Somerville Canadian born in Toronto, Catharine works in both the UK and Canada. In 2009 she completed her postgraduate studies at West Dean College/Sussex University. Mainly painting in watercolour and oil she has spent most of her time painting "en Plein Air" exploring and experiencing the natural landscape and its colours using loose brushstrokes and a pallet knife. Awards include the "Gryphon Theatre" Prize for her work, "Iceberg" and the coveted Chairman’s Prize at West Dean College, for her series and book, "Las Pozas". Somerville’s acclaimed work can be found internationally in public, private and corporate collections. She is represented by Colborne Street Gallery, Jordan Village Gallery, Gallery 1313, Partial Gallery , Artscapes Gallery and is a member of WAAC (Women's Art Association Canada), ASK, Arts and Letters Club, Artscapes and Artel and Gallery 1313.
ARTIST STATEMENT My Intention is to create a moment. A brief meaningful moment using paint. Nature during the pandemic seems to be more beautiful, finite and alive, similar to a burst of light from a candle before the flame is extinguished. From microbes to whales, every life is connected in a complex and fragile network. There seem to be endless discoveries about my life and my relationship with the natural world. Painting is the way I express my angst, appreciation and love.
Catharine radically pivots her art language to meet the demands of new images and concerns. With practiced dexterity her work leaps through a range of different options available.
Likewise to J. W.M .Turner, Emily Carr and Ivon Hitchens, landscape has served as a source of inspiration and exploration proving to be a deep well of creative stimulus.
While Catharine has a firm studio practice, she equally paints "en plein air" gathering information by traveling to remote areas such as Northwestern Ontario, the Arctic, Mexico and the UK.
As philosopher/artist, Dr. Ed Winters writes “Only through art can we see ourselves as belonging in a world in which these imaginary empathies tell ‘truths’ about our condition. Being called to paint is a form of witness. The observation of an artist like Catharine, calls upon a developed sensitivity. Being imaginary, it develops a view onto the world. This, I am sure, is what is historically meant by an ‘artist’s vision’”.
Catharine Somerville http://Instagram.com/catharinesomervillewilson_art
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