Friday, July 1, 2016

Farewell to my old studio

Moving is always a bittersweet experience. You are caught between fond memories of your old life but excited by imaginings of the new one. My life circumstances have shifted, and I am now now bidding farewell to the studio I have enjoyed for the past 12 years. It has been located in the spacious walkout basement of the house my husband and I have been renting in Holliston, Massachusetts, and this proximity has been one of its best features. No need to drive anywhere or even get dressed; I could just pad downstairs in my pajamas and stretch a canvas or add a layer.

While I will miss this room, it is time to move on to new artistic adventures. I have to admit, I am excited to be getting a fresh start! For a moment, though, I want to take one last look back and give thanks for the opportunity I had to work here.

So long, it's been good to know you!

Back when it was set up and ready to work in ... 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Solo show of cut paper collage series

My solo show titled "Loops/Links: Cut Paper Collages" is currently on display at Gallery 65 on William in New Bedford, up until May 28. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM. Here are views from the exhibit, as well as the traditional "Hi, Mom!" shot taken at the opening reception on May 12.

Four paintings from the "Loops/Links" series; each one is acrylic and paper collage on board, 12" square, 2016.

Additional artworks in the show; same materials as above.

Four more pieces in the show; these are 8" square.

"Hi, Mom!"

Monday, January 18, 2016

New "Sky Lines" series

I've completed recently created three canvases in a new series, which place sky views alongside patterned lines. These works are titled (not surprisingly) "Sky Lines," and are made of acrylic and paper collage on canvas, measuring 40" high by 30" wide. I'm enjoying the unexpected combination of real and unreal.

"Sky Lines 3," acrylic and paper collage on canvas, 40" x 30", 2016

"Sky Lines 2," acrylic and paper collage on canvas, 40" x 30", 2016

"Sky Lines 1," acrylic and paper collage on canvas, 40" x 30", 2016

Monday, December 28, 2015

Happy New Year 2016!

I've just posted my New Year's Newsletter with a look ahead to the coming year:

New year heralds new directions ... 
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Catherine Carter

Studio News
Dear Friend:  It's time to bid farewell to 2015 and turn our attention to all the promise that 2016 holds! In the case of my studio, the new year will bring a major transition. After 12 years in the same space, I will be relocating, with all of the personal and artistic reevaluation (not to mention elbow grease) that experience entails. I feel overwhelmed but excited by the prospect!

In addition to the process of organizing and boxing my possessions, I have been squeezing some last-minute creation time out of my old studio. The result is a series of fabric and paper collages on 8- and 12-inch-square boards (shown below), aimed for an upcoming solo show at Gallery 65 on William this May. In making these pieces, I have focused on my love of graffiti, with the intention of packing a visual punch into each tiny square.

Thank you as always for your interest in and support of my ever-unfolding career as a painter. For regular updates, feel free to connect with me via the Facebook and Twitter links below; a complete display of my artwork is available at my website,

I send you my warmest wishes for a brilliant New Year!

My painting "Autumn Lines" is currently hanging in the group exhibition titled "Dream Weavers" atBrickbottom Gallery in Somerville, MA. The show remains on display until January 16. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12 to 5.
My painting titled "Summer" (acrylic on canvas, 20" square, 2015) will be included in the 27th Annual MassArt Auction, to be held on April 9. 
Coming this summer: I have been invited to participate in the upcoming exhibit "Contemporary Women Artists" at the Bristol Art Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island, to be on view from July 22 to September 4. Additional details to follow!
Happy New Year!
Copyright © 2015 by Catherine Carter. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

"Dreamweavers" Exhibit

My painting "Autumn Lines" (shown here) will appear as part of the exhibit "Dreamweavers" at the Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville, MA, from December 6 to January 16, 2016. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, December 6 from 3 to 5 PM. Looking forward to it!

"Autumn Lines," acrylic on canvas, 20" H x 14" W, 2012

Small squares emerging

This month I am continuing to create small collaged-paper works on cradled board; the latest are 8 inches square. I'm impressed by how much energy can be compacted into such a tiny space! I'm referencing my long-time graffiti interest here (I did an in-depth research project on graffiti as an undergraduate), trying to express that influence in an elegant "Art Nouveau" way.

Ultimately these pieces will appear in an upcoming solo show in 2016; details to come.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New small squares

I've been integrating my recent monotypes with earlier works on paper to create a series of small (12" square) collages on canvas. Here are the first two, and I have the "ingredients" for many more:

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Messing with monotyes

As a change of pace from the "Spheres" pair I just completed, I spent the evening making a bunch of monotypes. These are the initial layers of inspiration; I will be adding more paint on top and then reshaping and reconfiguring them. More fun to come!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Shadow Spheres

A newly completed piece from my "Spheres" series, which has been ongoing since 2008. The full series can be viewed on my website, HERE.

"Shadow Spheres," acrylic on fabric on canvas, 30" square, 2015.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Wrapping up

I am beginning the task of closing up my current studio in anticipation of an upcoming move next spring. It is with mixed feelings that I do so; this space has served me well over the past 11 years, as you can read from this earlier post. I will definitely look back on my time here with fond memories.

However, I am also feeling the need to move on to something new. We artists know the direct if sometimes subconscious effect that one's working space has on the artwork that's produced there. It's probably a good time in my career to shake things up. We'll see what the future holds!

In the meantime, I'm sorting through the flotsam and jetsam of more than a decade of a dedicated studio practice, trying to honestly evaluate what needs to be discarded and what needs to move along with me.

My studio in its heyday (shot in 2014)