I painted "The Dark Pond" after an unexpected snow fall in October, 2020. I've been interested in the pools of water as I take walks close to where I live. These small bodies of water seem to come to life in the winter after the foliage is gone and they are more exposed. The snow fall makes them even more compelling because of the contrast of the white against the dark water.
Sometimes paintings know what they want to be. These paintings seem to paint themselves and they are always the best paintings in my body of work. This painting called "Stormy Inlet" fits this narrative. Most years I travel to the New England shore. These memories exist in my subconscious and sometimes appear in my paintings. This painting derives from my memories of the coast of New England and climate of our planet. It depicts cleansing power of water and the dangers of global warming.
I'm very interested in the painter El Greco because his work is expressionist. I painted "City of Light" in 2019. It was inspired by my trip to Italy in 2018 but also by the painting called "A View of Toledo" by El Greco painted in the 1600's. I would like to study this painting in Toledo and also the architecture of the region. I'm hoping to travel to Spain as soon as it is possible to travel.
Above: City of Light, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 48 x 1.5 inches Below: Detail of "City of Light" showing the unique texture of the painting.
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.