Cathy draws

Artist in the spotlight


Exploration and Passion

Catharine Somerville has found the local landscape of The Twenty Valley inspirational, and as in the title of her exhibition, a place of “Exploration and Passion.”

‘It is my intention to capture the awe and energy of what it feels like to be fully present in the moment by collapsing time into a single burst of energy”

She says of her vocation: “With each painting I enter the beauty and spirit of the natural world. The poetry of the ever-shifting landscape joins with my imaginings and opens a path for my work to explore.
I work from a diverse range of cultural resources including history, music and poetry to inform my philosophies and thoughts to develop a series of work.

My work fluctuates.
Shifts and changes may be thought by some to be drastic, even capricious. One thing though is that looking behind the appearance of the work, the exploration and passion remain constant

Catharine has been awarded numerous awards for her painting. Her work, based on travels through Newfoundland and the Arctic was awarded the Gryphon Theatre Prize in Barrie Ontario. Since then, she has spent a six-week residency with the Edward James Foundation in Las Pozas, Mexico. As a result of this residency living and painting in isolation as the only person amongst these lush gardens, she won the coveted Chairman’s Prize at West Dean College, West Sussex for her postgraduate work.

Somerville is a recognized artist and her work can be found internationally in public, private and corporate collections in Mexico, the U.S.A, Canada and England including the Edward James Foundation, West Sussex and Las Pozas, Xilitla, YMCA Irma Brydson Place, Toronto, Kanata Research Park Corp., Ottawa, the Thomson Reuters Headquarters, Toronto and the Donald Wilson Neuro Rehabilitation Centre Chichester, West Sussex. Catharine regularly donates a painting to the Katie’s Lymphoedema fund auction in London, UK.

Prices for Catharine Somerville’s paintings featured in this exhibition range from $500 – $2500. Please contact The Jordan Art Gallery for information and for online purchases. We securely ship internationally as well as hand deliver within the Niagara region.

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