My style is always evolving. Through the completion of many series of paintings I have kept techniques that work for me and thrown away those that don't. This has lead me to my current style which I call textural expressionism. My work is very gestural and loose. Lately, I use my hands (with gloves) and palette knives more than brushes. I find this makes the marks I make very unique and interesting. Since the pandemic I have been more focused on nature and have completed a small series of paintings focused on water. Here is one of my latest paintings called November Reservior. I feel like this painting embodies the best of my painting skill. The painting is loose and expressive but retains the representational image of the scene.
I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to curate a virtual exhibit/collection for Fountain Street Gallery in Boston. I'm an associate member there. One of the best things I've ever done is to get involved with this vibrant gallery.
I chose the bittersweet theme because I think a lot of us have these sensations around the holiday season. I know I do. I feel happy but nostalgic of even sad at the same time. Here is a link to the collection. www.fsfaboston.com/bittersweet-sensations
Since last March when the entire world changed because of Covid I decide to move from my studio in Easthampton MA, to my home studio in a rural area in western MA. My work was included in a virtual exhibit called "Post Pause" This exhibit featured artists from Western MA, and focused on how the pandemic may have changed their work. Here is a link to the exhibit.
Catherine Picard Gibbs
- Through my paintings, I have become attentive to the splendid drama of my everyday world; how light hangs on a tree or building, the movement or stillness of water passing under a bridge, the mystery of a tunnel, a church interior or the grit of a train yard. My work is contemporary but takes inspiration from painters of the past.