105 Clarence St., N6B 2J3
The woods and river beside Catherine Morrisey’s studio provide inspiration for her landscape paintings in oil. Her studio is in an old auto body shop, a prizewinning conversion of industrial space to a new purpose. The original room for painting cars opens east to west, allowing breezes to flow through and clear the fumes. Now birds and butterflies fly in one door from the woods and out the other side to the garden.
Catherine paints specific trees and views of the river, their shapes and reflections as she sees them from her kayak. A quick sketch is later worked up on a large canvas in loose strokes. Chinese landscape paintings, Group of Seven and French Post Impressionists provide inspiration for colour, brushwork and composition.