Coming from a family of artists, and after her training at York University, Catherine Morrisey spent decades looking, observing and contemplating. Her works are indicative of someone who recognizes the direct connection between what one sees and how the application of paint emphasizes and accentuates what is actually going on in the landscape. What is actually going on is the interaction of all kinds of elements, living and non-living, in an endless cycle of exchange. In many of her works trees come alive as they swoop down to the water’s edge agitated by the wind signaling change. This is especially evident in Storm Coming. The water, as it reflects the littoral space of the riverbanks, is conjoined in the composition to show relation and metaphorically to show how painting is a sort of reflection comprised of the wonder, shock-and-awe of nature’s spectacle.
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