Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cathyann Burgess

French Broad Overflow © Cathyann Burgess
Name: Cathyann Burgess
Bio : A native of New York City, educated at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Cathyann Burgess has her home and studio in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She serves on the board of the Appalachian Pastel Society as Program Chair. She paints full time, after retiring from teaching art at Benedictine High School, Richmond VA, where she chaired the department of Fine Arts she created in 1998.
She recently became a member of the long standing cooperative gallery, Asheville Gallery of Art, Asheville North Carolina.
A lifelong learner, Cathyann’s most recent studies include workshops with Nelson Shanks, Daniel Greene, Matthew Mancini and Randall Sexton.
This is how it all started for Cathyann : “The gift of a pochade filled with oil paints for my 13th birthday was my first validation of being an artist”. She was captivated by the creativity of her father, a carpenter and tradesman and she credits her father for her love of drawing and music.
Cathyann has been influenced by the greats: Edgar Degas, John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri, Sorolla, and Caravaggio. 
Cassatt and Manet are clearly in evidenceContemporary artists too have all an influence but are too many to list!
Cathyann has taught art to adults and children for over 25 years. Her father's love of learning, coupled with patience as her first teacher, left a legacy of love and passion for sharing knowledge with others. She has found teaching art an enriching and satisfying career. Her teaching style reflects her belief that continued study, practice and attention to high standards of quality will result in excellence. She continues to be available for workshops. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections, including the Federal Reserve Bank, and Media General Corp.
Medium: Pastel; Oil
Subjects: See Gallery
Style: Cathyann states: "My style is painterly realistic leaning toward impressionism. Often I employ alla prima technique which is the direct method of painting as opposed to classically indirect painting. The intent is to give a fresh and exuberant feeling to my work, reflecting the joy I find in my subjects."
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Gallery: Landscapes; Plein air; Landscape Abstractions; Portraits; Sold and in Collections; Still Life.
Image View: Large thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. The thumbnails give full information on the work when the cursor rests on the image. The clicked images may be saved. French Broad Overflow is 9 x 12 ins, 900 x 675, 246 KB.
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