Opening Friday, June 8th, Catherine Minnery presents an exhibition of recent landscape paintings inspired by the region's natural beauty. Her striking landscapes are vibrant and dynamic, towing the line between representational and abstract. Minnery, a Saratoga native, has been painting in the region for many years. This will be her 3rd solo show at Silverwood. Her show will be on view through July 15th.
"I am constantly inspired by the natural world;the sunrises and sunsets, the ordinary uptate NY landsape that I see on a daily basis. Of course, I also am deeply moved by the majestic: the rivers and streams and mountains that are part of this landscape. I could go on and on about light and shadow, the underlying abstract and spiritual components of any subject matter (other locales, interiors, still lifes or some combination) but I create art because I have a need to make visual the excitement I felt when I first looked at (or thought about) the subject at hand, searching for the unseen, not just the surface reality.
For my landscapes, I usually work from small studies and quickly taken digital photos. Rarely do I start and finish a piece plein air, but I have a strong desire to work outside. It recharges me. In the studio, I gather all my material and filter the subject matter through my own lens of experience and artistic sensibilities so the work will be a personal interpretation.
I like Paul Klee’s creative credo, 'Art does not replicate what we see; rather it makes us see'.”