Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Place" . . . Recent Paintings by Catherine Freshley

"Willapa Bay Mudflats"
(Washington Coast)
30" x 40"

"Ross Island and Mt. Hood"
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)
36" x 60"

"Butte -- Columbia River Gorge"
24" x 48"

Our daughter, Catherine, has been painting like crazy and seems to have a ready pipeline of folks who would like a painting of a place that is special to them.  Place -- i.e., those places that have shaped who we are and that continue to pull us back to them after we have left -- is a theme that Catherine has explored for several years in her writing and art.   When she moved to Eastern Washington state, someone suggested that she concentrate on painting local landscapes of the Columbia Basin steppe, since the folks in the vicinity would likely be more interested in them than in paintings of the coastal area that has been so important to our family.  Of course, this makes perfect sense from a statistical standpoint.  Yet in the year that she's been there, Catherine has encountered people who have instantly recognized the rather anonymous scenes of her assorted paintings of Willapa Bay, and  have recounted fond memories of having spent a great deal of time in their childhood actively engaged with the endlessly changing coastal estuary that is impacted by the ebb and flow of the tide.  

Isn't it wonderful that mere pigments, when suspended in binders and transferred to a surface via a process of acute observation and carefully considered brush strokes, can instantly bring forth a multitude of memories and an infinite range of emotions?

Have a wonderful week!


Carole said...

Yes it is Gloria! Happiness to you for this coming week.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Yes, it is wonderful. And there is such a sense of peace in these paintings

Catherine said...

Thanks so much for featuring me on your blog. What a thoughtful post!

Laura said...

these paintings are AMAZING! thanks for sharing:)

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Carole -- Thank you!

Julie -- thank you for your observation. I tend to agree with you! :) And btw -- as usual, I adore your most recent pieces!!

Laura -- Thank you for stopping by and for your kind remarks! (I'm currently coveting your "Empty Piazza" painting. :)

Catherine -- You are more than welcome! Kudos to you.

Sophie Munns said...

Wonderful work if Catherine's Gloria... beautifully observed and atmospheric.
I can see people lining up for one of her landscapes and relishing the memories for sure.
Good creating!