Cathleen Cohen

Cathleen Cohen during her exhibition at Cerulean Arts

My work is concerned with space, movement across ground, and simultaneously, with the ground or space itself. Although I often use organic and natural objects as inspiration, say, light slanting through a window, or the way a grove of birch trees looks at sunset, my focus is not on representation. My paintings develop a lexicon, a vocabulary of tones, shapes and marks, all used to convey movement and mood. I am a poet as well as a painter, and most of these pieces relate to spoken words. The intent is that they stand on their own as visual poems. Any number of themes emerge; dancing, flying, synchronized bodies, conflict, nesting, things revealed, things hidden. This work relies on careful placement, the nature of the mark, and attention to edge. The ground can create a vast sea of space where color, mass and line reflect one another and suggest possibilities. The whole process is a metaphor. A blank page suggests tranquil waters, the mind in meditation, or the quiet in the lungs when we hold our breath. Breath leads to beat, heartbeat stirred up, unexpected rhythms, and poems. Poems circle below the surface of these paintings, vying for attention.
Cathleen Cohen video by John Thornton 

Space Between, watercolor, 10" x 8"  Available

Clearing, watercolor, 10" x 8"  Available 

Columbine 1, watercolor, 8" x 10"  Available 

Columbine 2, watercolor, 10" x 8"  Available 

Echo the Stillness, watercolor, 11" x 8.5"  Available 

Fay's Garden, watercolor, 10" x 12"  Available 

It Will Hold, watercolor, 30" x 22"  Available 

Harbinger, watercolor, 10.5" x 8"  Available 

I See You, watercolor, 11" x 13"  SOLD  

In Such Light, watercolor, 10" x 8"  Available 

Sharp Joy, watercolor, 8" x 13"  Available 

Like Music, watercolor, 6" x 6.5"  Available 

Resisting, watercolor, 9" x 8.5"  Available 

Scattered, watercolor, 21" x 16"  Available

Lit, watercolor, 9.5" x 10"  Available

Vessels, watercolor, 12.5" x 9"  Available 

Tapestry, watercolor, 11" x 11"  Available 

Suffuse, watercolor, 10" x 11"  Available

Forsythia, watercolor, 11" x 7.5"  Available 

Green Comes Up April, watercolor with graphite, 12" x 10"  Available 

There's a Story Behind This, watercolor with graphite, 14" x 13"  Available 

Watch for It, watercolor with graphite, 11" x 10"  SOLD

Because of Wind, watercolor with graphite, 11" x 12"  SOLD

Brief Glimpse, watercolor with graphite, 12" x 9"  SOLD

Dappled, watercolor with graphite, 12" x 10"  Available 

Didn't You Notice?, watercolor with graphite, 12" x 13"  SOLD

Reach Back, watercolor with graphite, 7.5" x 9"  Available 

Where You Shimmer, watercolor with graphite, 12.5" x 9.5"  SOLD   

Hidden, aqueous media on paper, 11" x 8.5"  Available

Lancaster, aqueous media on paper, 8.5" x 11"  Available

In Season, aqueous media and graphite on paper, 11" x 15"  SOLD 

Landscape Dream, aqueous media and graphite on paper, 11" x 15"  SOLD