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.



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