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 and the abundant beauty of plants, natural subjects and motifs. 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. In her other still life paintings, Ross captures the joyous bounty of nature as well as our tendency to relish in its abundance and replicate its patterns.
I enjoy looking at things closely. In my floral still life paintings, I am interested in visual excessiveness, often setting pattern upon pattern, placing extravagant still life subjects against decorative backgrounds.
I am also drawn to the ordinary things I come across in my daily life. I often paint these found objects in isolation. With both approaches, I am exploring the vitality and complexity of colour, the fleeting vibrancy of nature and the passage of time. – 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.