The Gallery: Catherine Ramey
Convergence, 10. Oil on linen, 20 x 18
Introducing Catherine Ramey, an artist painting windows into the pulse of the natural world.
These are delicious paintings. I have seen them in person. Ramey’s work has saturated colors, rich surfaces and a palpable depth built from layers and layers of paint (she works in both gouache and oil) that have been worked with various implements to create a physical and emotional density.
Beloved, 8. Gouache, 10 x 11
What is so remarkable is their luminosity – especially emanating from such thickly applied paint. I love how you see footprints of the various stages of each painting, glimpses of color and form peeking through the layers.
Meadow Song, 8. Goache 11 x 10
Ramey says that much of the organic imagery in these works are inspired by her experiences cultivating a lush garden in upstate New York. “I work with imagery which utilizes the intensity of nature as a motif for spiritual and psychological being. I combine an amalgam of impressions into one image.”
Intonation, 3. Oil on Linen, 18 x 20
Convergence, 4. Gouache, 10 x 11
Beloved, 2. Oil on linen, 22 x 24
Beloved, 6. Gouache, 10 x 11
Field Song, 5. Gouache, 10 x 11
She works both small scale, and large, presenting light-filled vistas or dearly felt details. Which would you like to gaze upon? The choice is yours.
Through the Grass Softly. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40
Meadow Song, 3. Drawing, 6 x 9