About the Artist ~ Cathy Jamison
Painting is a work of spirit…a dance that allows me to feel and express a wide range of emotions. I bring to the easel my life’s experiences, past and present, as well as my dreams for tomorrow. There are sweet, slow dance days when I feel such peace that it is meditative; and other days when the energy in my soul demands a tango on the canvas. What I find especially amazing about creating art is that I can have a very personal connection with the piece, then you, the viewer, engage with the painting and have your own unique experience with the work. My goal as I play with shapes, colors, shadows and light is that this painting will speak to you, from the soft, tender places to the raw, edgy spots deep within you. I believe art has the power to transport us to another place and time, to remember moments of joy, peace or turmoil and invite us to engage in our own meaningful dance.
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~Henry Ward Beecher
Although drawing and painting were important interests for Cathy from childhood through her college years, her career for over 25 years was devoted to two other fields, education and law. She did not begin to paint with passion until 2002. For a few years, she painted fulltime, traveling and exhibiting her work, then watercolor paintings, in juried art shows around the southeast. After a vacation to South America, Cathy was inspired to do a series of bold, colorful abstracts. From there, she moved into representational oil work which is largely informed by impressionism. Cathy has studied with well-known artists Judi Betts, Mel Stabin, Barbara Nechis, Pat Fiorello, Bill Jameson, Larry Moore and, recently, with Australian artist, Colley Whisson. She is very fortunate to have worked for several years with her mentor, impressionist painter James Richards, whose talent and guidance are unparalleled. Today, she divides her time between her work as a mediator in legal disputes and her painting days at her easel.
Cathy’s watercolor and oil paintings are in private collections across the country. She has been represented by Art Space International and Watson Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia; Boswell Gallery in Decatur, Georgia; Garden of the Dragonfly in Old Town Spring, Texas and The Gallery at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.