"2020 A year of isolation, introspection and more time to paint quietly in my studio."
This new series of flowers represents blooms from my garden and some gifts from a friend during our year of isolation. The dahlias were a new painting challenge for me which I embraced with delight and love since they were such special gifts.
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."
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."
Painting is like dancing, sometimes the dance is fluid and pleasurable and I let go, letting the palette knife, and brush or pastel stick 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: abstract and representational, 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! "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."
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.