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Cathryn Miles

Breathing Space

February 6  -  March 28

"Waterfalls" 55" x 40" oil on canvas

When choosing a title for my exhibit I thought about the overall intention of my work, which is to evoke a sense of calm or introspection with the viewer. Thus the title “Breathing Space” seemed very apt. 

With my landscapes, I have been inspired by the primitive energy of nature with all of its spiritual associations of color and light. The imagery is taken from my immediate environment, especially the turbulence of the clouds, the colors created by weather and the natural patterning of the earth. 

My second body of work, the “arabesques”, is comprised of floral abstractions which I began as a means of experimenting with less euro-centric formats. Asian and Arabic floral paintings and fabrics especially influence the interwoven plant and flower shapes in these pieces.

My process for both types of work is one of layering the elements until the composition is complete. I develop up to 15 paintings at the same time… working on my studio floor, on easels and walls. This manner of production keeps me from getting overly emotional about a particular piece. If something isn’t working, I simply move on to the next. I do on-site sketches of both landscapes and plant forms and take these into my studio to develop my paintings. However, the finished pieces are less about specific places or objects, and more about my interpretation of the environment and my intuitive sense of design and color. 

Catalogue of Paintings on View

Tracks 48" x 48" oil on canvas
Ivy 24" x 24" oil on canvas
Blue Depths 48" x 48" oil on canvas
Cliffs 36" x 48" oil on canvas
Moonlight 36" x 40" oil on canvas
Sundowner 36" x 40" oil on canvas
Interlude 48" x 48" oil on canvas
Leaves in the Wind 30" x 24" oil on canvas
Tributary 22" x 25" oil on paper
Wind 35" x 35" oil on canvas
Earth Curve 48" x 48" oil on canvas
Drift 22" x 25" oil on paper
Morning Light 3 24" x 24" oil on canvas
Morning Light 2 24" x 24" oil on canvas
Morning Light 1 24" x 24" oil on canvas
Night Flight 30" x 30" oil on canvas
Sunlight Breaking Through 36" x 48" oil on canvas
Light in the South 36" x 36" oil on canvas