Catherine Davison

My work is primarily about ‘Freedom’. Freedom of the soul, expressed visually through the medium of paint. My aim is to create a sensory experience of awe and wonder, through visual hyperbole - using bright colours and rhythmic patterns to stir up the senses and draw attention to the vitality of nature.

 

My images begin with pencil drawings – sourcing images from photographs and plein air sketches, drawing inspiration from the Impressionists and their mode of working. My painting process is influenced by the mark making of Aboriginal art, the dynamism of the Futurists, the linear quality of Hundertwasser and exuberance of Franz Marc.

 

I work on a large scale, allowing freedom for expansive gestures and experimentation in the application of paint. The paintings take form as layers are built up. The image contracts and detracts as the process continues - like an organism under a microscope, a new organic world is formed, which is underpinned by its own unique architecture.

 

Nature is a constant source of inspiration and imagery. It represents hope and change - like ‘life’ nothing in nature stands still. My work reaches for the monumental; reflecting the life forces in nature. As I explore the beauty of nature I hope to share a heightened and exaggerated reality of nature that encourages a deeper reflection of life and the child like wonder we first engaged it with.

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