Cathy Chin: Painting in My Backyard

13 September – 10 November 2012

Tree Tops 2
Cathy Chin, Tree Tops 2, oil on canvas

Cathy Chin grew up in upstate New York and holds a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society, and she painted and taught watercolor for many years in New Hampshire. She also lived in Westford, Massachusetts, for several years where she was an active member of the Parish Center for the Arts, during which time she regularly displayed her work at the Depot Square Gallery in Lexington.

Reflections 1
Reflections 1, oil on canvas
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Back in Rochester, New York, she was been drawn to more opaque media, first gouache and now oils. The series of paintings on display in the gallery represent a summer spent painting in her backyard. These oil paintings retain the luminosity of watercolors. Exquisitely edited and boldly brushed, they move beyond landscape to display the abstract delights of a lush, verdant world.

As an oil painter, she is not afraid to allow the white or toned canvas to show through. Her calligraphic brush strokes in “Reflections 1” skitter across the surface of the water. In “Tree Tops 2,” as abstract as ever were the Waterlilies of Claude Monet, scattered splotches of rust, green and dove gray loosely define reflected trees in the water.

Backyard, oil on canvas
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Cathy Chin’s journey from watercolors to oils reflects the concerns of a deeply committed artist who works primarily with light and color. The subject is nearly immaterial. Her decision to impose on herself the limitation of place, of creating a body of work in one specific location, reveals the freedom that such a personal decision creates: the ironic fact that self-imposed limitations often yield great results. In life and in art.

Deborah Santoro, Curator
September 2012

Blue Sky
Blue Sky, oil on canvas
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Tool Shed
Tool Shed, oil on canvas
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All are welcome to an opening reception with the artist on: Thursday, September 13, 2012, from 6:30-8:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This exhibit is supported by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.