Cathy Boyd Fine
"Painting Visual Namaste"
Painting, for me, is
a means of universally communicating the idea of “namaste”, a Sanskrit
word which is a reverent greeting. Many of you are already familiar with
this word if you take yoga. It is also accompanied by a gesture of hands
meeting at your core. Loosely translated it means, “I greet that place
where you and I are one”, or “I bow to the divine in you.” “The light in me recognizes the light
in you” is my favorite
translation, because as an artist we seek the light, and the presence or
absence of it creates the very forms we paint.
I paint to music,
usually very quickly, and with minimum pre-planning. I like to think I
paint intuitively and if not a lot of preplanning is a negative thing,
then so be it. I choose my subjects with ease, and I have never had an
“artist’s block”. I usually have 4-6 paintings underway because I love
the beginning of the process so much. I have a lifetime of images to
work with and I get excited on seeing a blank canvas in front of me
because it has the potential of becoming a great painting, or at least a
pleasurable experience for me.
I consider myself
to be a “visual historian” of sorts. I think that I am a “keeper of the
moments in time of the subject that I have chosen to paint." Once,
having just completed a painting of an old, abandoned log barn, I
returned to the location not long after and to my surprise it had been
bulldozed to the ground and a new bungalow stood in its place. I had
captured that memory for what I hope will be a long time.
I don’t have any
political statements to paint, but most likely environmental issues are
at the root of my paintings. There is some suggestion of symbolism in
what I choose to paint. Flowers, grasses, beautiful shorelines and
wonderful skies are all representative of the fragile nature of our
world. . Hence my upcoming solo shows will be paintings of the theme,
“Of a Delicate Nature”. My rocks are symbols of the steadfastness and
tenacious spirit of the Canadian people, and so “Rocks in my Head” is
another theme. A third occurring theme will be “Ordinary Miracles”.
“Sailing the Blues” is a collection of nautical paintings, and a
celebration of the color blue.
I find it
relatively easy to sell my work, and oftentimes people ask me, “how can
you bear to let your paintings go?” But truthfully I would not paint if
I could not sell, because selling my paintings validates why I am an
artist, and that is the best compliment you can receive. My paintings
will often invoke comments such as, “Your painting makes me feel so
calm, so peaceful.” A hint of a smile on their face is enough to make
it all worthwhile.
Hope to make you
happy for a few moments. Enjoy!
Born- Barrie, On.
I am mostly self-taught and have been painting steadily for 7-8
began painting when my first teaching position required me to teach art
on a rotary basis in the elementary school system. A crash course in
fine art that summer at teacher’s college led to a steadily increasing
interest in painting. I took further art classes at; Haliburton School of Fine Arts, Georgian College (Ongoing
Education Courses) Wilfred Laurier University and instruction with
some notable artists. Most of my work is currently offered for
sale at several art galleries throughout Ontario. I offer art
instruction periodically in the Barrie, Midland and Orillia area.
Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
Eclipse Art Gallery, Huntsville, On.
For the Love of Art, Port Carling, On. (defunct)
The Art of the Matter, Aurora, On.
2008-Beyond Borders-Agora Gallery, New
York City -Showcasing fine art from selected Canadian Artists
2008-Art Walk at the Harbour, Victoria
2006-Group show, Deerhurst Resort
2006-Participating artist, "Coldwater and Area Studio Tour"
2006-Solo show, "Right Side Gallery", Penetang, On.
2006-Buckhorn Fine Art Festival-juried show
2006-Featured Artist, "Coldwater Gallery", Coldwater, On.
2005-Commissioned to paint 18 paintings for private
2005-Buckhorn Fine Art Festival-juried show
2005-Featured artist at, "For the Love of Art"-Port Carling, On.
2005-Participating artist, "Coldwater and Area Studio Tour"
2004-15-20 paintings commissioned by a local collector for collection
2004-Feature artist, "Abbott's of Craighurst," Craighurst, On.
2003-Huronia Museum, Midland, Open Competition, "2nd
2002-Huronia Museum, Midland, Open Competition
2001-Group Show, Barrie City Hall
2001-Solo Show, Huronia Museum, Midland, On.
2000-Solo Show-Barrie City Hall Rotunda, Barrie, On.,
2000-Juried Exhibition-"Purely Pastel" Pastel Association of
Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery
1999-Juried Competition- "Paint the Huron Shores"
1999-Juried Competition-Collingwood Art Association
1999-Juried Competition-Barrie Art Club,
Competition, McLaren Art Gallery, Barrie
1999-Juried Competition-Strathmore Papers Illustration Contest-
1998-Juried Exhibition-Penetang Centennial
Museum, 2nd Place
1998-Sutton, On.- Juried Competition,
1998-Juried Exhibition-Wye Marsh Wildlife Festival,
July 30, 2011