" I would like to paint the way a bird sings." Claude Monet
"I find something visceral about working in oil and cold wax. I find I dance more with the paint. It becomes an intuitive partner as I mix, lay in and scrape my way into a scene. Some days like today the dance is fluid and pleasurable and I let go, letting the palette knife glide and turn and twist the creamy colored mixtures into an impression of something not only witnessed but experienced; temperature, winds and sounds of water gently falling as the evening descends into night."
Manhattan born, award winning Cathyann Burgess has been drawing or painting as long as she can remember. Her first love was portrait painting, winning recognition with that genre as early as high school. But as a painter, her subject matter includes landscapes, still life and animals. Two landscape pieces of Cathyann's artwork were recently gleaned from 500 artist's entries presented to a committee for the Art in Advanced Medicine Project in the new Mission Hospital wing in Asheville, NC. Installed in September 2019, one is an abstract pastel and the other an impressionistic landscape oil painting. Cathyann is honored to have been selected!
In her own words, Cathyann says “I love to paint. I often start the day with a cup of coffee in my studio reviewing the work I created the day before. Or I read from a book I love, called Beauty by John O’Donohue. I love to read the history of artists, past and contemporary. I have disciplined myself over the course many years to paint daily. Even if it is just a small 6x6 in pastel or watercolor."
She keeps her hands dirty and fingers dusty with a sense of purpose. "I love the challenge of orchestrating a blank canvas into a symphony of color be it representational or abstract in presentation."
I hope that my viewers and clients find peace and joy in my paintings. I believe that in this chaotic, fast and often violent world we need to be reminded more often of the beautiful and what I offer is my interpretation of the beauty I find in each day that I live.”
Most recently Cathyann's landscape of the WNC mountainside, entitled Pinnacle Ridge, was accepted into the annual North Carolina Statewide Pastel Exhibition, which showcases the top pastel painters in the state. It also received Honorable Mention status. This is the fifth consecutive year she has been accorded that distinction.
Cathyann holds a MSEd in Art from SUNY College at Buffalo, NY.
Her teaching experience in art for over 30 years includes formal schools, both public and private, museum education and workshops.
Committed to life long learning, Cathyann’s post graduate studies include workshops with renowned artists John Nelson Shanks, Daniel Greene and contemporary plein air painter Randy Sexton.
After an itinerant life due to her husband’s employment, and raising two sons along the way, Cathyann now resides with him in Hendersonville. Her five years there have been replete with opportunities to paint with others en plein air in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
She serves voluntarily with Appalachian Pastel Society. She paints full time in oils and pastels, and is still offering her skills through jurying for art organizations and also conducts workshops in oil and pastel, after retiring from teaching art at Benedictine College Preparatory School, Richmond VA, where she chaired the Department of Fine Arts she created in 1998 with a grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation.
Cathyann Burgess' works are in both corporate and private collections.
Recently Mission Hospital purchase two fo Cathyann's pieces for their new wing and the Art of Healing project. "I love that my work is in a place of healing to ease and further the recuperation of patients and have something beautiful for the staff's working environment."
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