Catherine Doocy's paintings begin with a smear of color and a few random lines. "As a landscape painter, I spend as much time as possible outdoors. My work is inspired by a particular place and countless visual memories of images I know best: skies, rolling hills, and trees. I attempt to evoke the feeling of the landscape rather than document the landscape's actual form." Doocy invents landscapes from memory: subconscious visions that materialize on paper or canvas. A few brushstrokes, some stains of color, or smudges of charcoal can conjure up a field, a cloud, a day. "I use the vernacular of the landscape as a method for exploring composition and color. My work is about illusion rather than representation. I marvel at how a line can transform itself into a tree, how a simple stain of blue becomes a sky, and how wind can be suggested with a brushstroke." This painting of tree branches set against fluffy clouds and a blue sky is 12" x 12" and is nestled in a 13" x 13" natural, light wood frame.
Catherine Doocy, a graduate of Wesleyan University, has been painting and exhibiting her work since 1990. Her award-winning oil paintings of ethereal, dreamlike vistas of sky, trees, and branches are about illusion, rather than representation. While sweeping horizons, windswept trees and rich-hued natural landscapes compose the original inspiration for much of Doocy’s work, they provide only a starting point for her reinterpretations of the natural world. A Connecticut artist, she is careful not to give her works site-specific titles; the places could be anywhere and nowhere. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the northeast and can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S.