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Artist Statement & Artist Biography

Artist Statement

I love colour. I love working with media, like pastels, which vividly portray “local colours”: colours which I see and which move me emotionally while I paint on location or plein air. Sometimes I enlarge these plein air studies to larger landscapes with the help of reference photos taken on location. I try to express my emotional response to the sights and sounds of nature by using media in a gestural, loose way to help transport the viewer to their sensory memories of a place: the changing light of cloud patterns, rustling sounds of weaving fields of wildflowers and colourful fall trees.

Artist Biography

 I am a lifelong learner and a “work in progress” and enjoy teaching as well as my own art practice. I am a graduate of the Ontario College of Art Drawing and Painting program (A.O.C.A) where I returned later to earn a BFA. I am also a graduate University of Toronto (BEd) and the University of Ottawa (BA in English). My paintings are also shaped by my experience teaching high school art and photography for many years. Teaching photography has made it second nature for me to focus on the patterns and mood of light as well as employ depth, texture, and colour to portray a moment in time.

My evolution as an artist had several detours while I focused on teaching, raising a family and travel. I am currently an instructor for the Oakville Art Society and for the Town of Oakville Culture programs and have been artist in residence at Crawford Lake Conservation area. I have exhibited in a number of group shows with the Oakville Art Society, Burlington Fine Art Association, Joshua Creek Art Centre, Sovereign House, Bronte, ARTWORKS and the Dundas, plein air group, the Monday Painters. I am currently having fun exploring pastels, acrylics and water based oils and discovering the beautiful Canadian landscape in my own backyard.

Exhibitions:

Juried Exhibitions:

2019      Burlington Fine Art Association Juried Show, Third Place Honourable Mention,

              The Hub Art Gallery, Burlington Centre, Burlington Ontario

2019      Neilson Park Creative Centre Impact 2019, Juried Show, Etobicoke, Ontario

2019      Beaux Art Gallery 12th Annual Open Juried Fine Art Show, Brampton, Ontario

2019      28th Exhibition, McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton, Ontario

2018      “Artists of Halton & Peel Juried Exhibition",Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, Oakville, Ont.

2017     “My Canada Art Exhibition”, Oakville Art Society members juried show,

             Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre Gallery, Oakville, Ontario

2016     “Artists of Halton and Peel Juried Exhibition”, Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, Oakville, Ontario 

2005     Burlington Fine Art Guild Annual Juried Show, Winner of the Alice Peck Award for

             Best Emerging Artist

Solo Exhibitions:

 2019      "Local Colour: Recent Landscapes by Cathy Lorraway", Michael's Hair Design, Oakville, Ontario, 

 2018      "Visions of Ontario", Cathy Lorraway & Ann Oakley, Sovereign House, Bronte, Oakville, Ontario

 2018      "Local Landscapes", Hall of Art, Feltmate, Delibato & Heagle LLP offices, Burlington, Ontario

Group Exhibitions:

2019      Carnegie Gallery, Dundas Ontario "Painting the Town" group exhibit

2019      Kaleidoscope, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Ontario

2018      "Visions of Ontario", Cathy Lorraway & Ann Oakley, Sovereign House, Bronte, Oakville, Ontario

2018     “Plein Air Painters at Large, A Contemporary Landscape Show” , Monday Painters Group,

             Dundas Museum & Archives, Dundas, Ontario 

2018     All Guild Show, "Musical Journey". Burlington Art Gallery, Burlington, Ont.

2018     “Kaleidoscope”, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Art Gallery

2018     Instructor's Show, Oakville Art Society, Oakville, Ontario 

2017     The Human Figure, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Art Gallery

2017     Christmas show and sale, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Art Gallery 

2017    "Friends of Joshua Creek" Joshua Creek Heritage Centre, Oakville, Ontario
2017    “At Home in Bronte, Perspectives & Reflections 2017”, Muskoka Chair Public Art Installation,

              Bronte, Ontario 
2017     “Plein Air Painters at Large, A Contemporary Landscape Show” , Monday Painters Group,

             Dundas Museum & Archives, Dundas, Ontario 
2017     Elora Plein Air Festival, Elora, Ontario 
2017    “In the Garden” All Guild Show, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Art Gallery,

             Burlington, Ontario 
2017     “Kaleidoscope”, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Art Gallery 
2016     Christmas show and sale, Burlington Art Gallery 
2016     “En Plein Air” Sovereign House, Bronte, Ontario 
2016     “Practice What You Teach”, Beaux-Arts Gallery, Brampton, Ontario 
2016     "Plein Air Painters at Large, A Contemporary Landscape Show" Monday Painters Group,

              Dundas Museum & Archives, Dundas, Ontario 
2016     Elora Plein Air Festival, Elora, Ontario 
2016     "Evening in Paris", Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington, Ontario 
2016     "Kaleidoscope", Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Art Gallery  
2015      Christmas show and sale, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Art Gallery 
2015     “Small Painting Show”, Fireside Lounge, Burlington Art Gallery 
2014     “Practice What You Teach”, Beaux-Arts Gallery, Brampton, Ontario  
2010      Dufferin-Peel Celebration of the Arts, Exhibition of Work by Employees of Dufferin-Peel,

              Mississauga City Hall. 
2006     "Crawford Lake Through the Eyes of An Artist", Artist in Residence, Group Show & Exhibit 
2006     "Kaleidoscope”, Burlington Fine Art Association                                             

2005    "Kaleidoscope" Burlington Cultural Centre, B
2005     Oakville Artists Home Gallery Tour, Oakville, Ontario
2002     Oakville Society of Art Juried Show, Oakville, Ontario 
2001     Mississauga Society of Art Fall & Spring Group Shows 
2000     Mississauga Society of Art Fall & Spring Group Shows 
1998     Mississauga Society of Art Fall & Spring Group Shows 
1997     Ontario College of Art Open House 
1994     Plein Air Painting, Texaco Room, Port Credit Library, Port Credit, Ontario

 

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