About the Exhibition
Through careful observation, meticulous technique, and a keen sense of composition and pattern, watercolour artist Cathy Ross conveys the unique character of personal and found objects. Her found object still life paintings often convey a sense of intimate connection, collective memory and nostalgia. By presenting these objects in fine detail on an otherwise stark canvas, her subjects take on a life and agency of their own, inviting the viewer to consider their story.
As an artist, I am interested in looking at objects closely and conveying my visual response to them. Something will capture my attention – a certain colour, the unique shape of a plant or the charm of an everyday object. I then collect these things and have them in my studio as possible subjects for my work. Through careful observation, I try to convey the uniqueness and special character of each object. Sometimes elements are arranged in complex compositions, other times, I use a single subject in isolation. My paintings are meant to be intimate. I want the viewer to pause and take in the subtle joy of the ordinary and the ephemeral beauty of the natural world. – Artist Cathy Ross
About the Artist
Cathy Ross was born in Saint John, New Brunswick Canada. She studied at Mount Allison University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1983 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Banff School of fine Arts. In both 1981 and 1983 Cathy was the recipient of Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation grants.
In her professional career she has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the US. Her work is represented in collections across Canada, including: Memorial University, NFLD; New Brunswick Museum, Saint John NB; The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa; Banff Centre, Alberta; Dofasco Inc., Hamilton; and the Burnaby Art Centre, Burnaby BC.
Cathy lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario and Saint Andrews, New Brunswick.