Seeking the calm of nature and an escape from the hectic pace of Manhattan, artist Catherine Howe established her studio in a rugged, forested area of the Hudson Valley. She maintains a garden there that serves as a source of inspiration to her for its cycles of destruction, renewal, and growth.
Inside her studio, Catherine works on large-scale canvases, typically laying them on the floor and using her entire body in the painting process, working from her core instead of her wrist.
Her aesthetic is a unique hybrid of Pop, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism, resulting in strange, yet feminine forms.
Catherine uses a particular combination of materials such as powdered mica, gold and silver leaf, beeswax, Corborundum grit, synthetic pigments and more. Her exact method and manner of application is known only by her.
The result is a textured surface with colors that shift in varying lights and angles, and visual effects that play between transparency and opacity. These surfaces are unlike anything achieved through traditional painting practices, adding further mystery to the nature of these beautiful works.
Catherine is also a prolific printmaker. Her prints utilize a recognizably vibrant color palette, and share the same technique as her paintings with splatters, spills, and the scraping away of pigment.
Catherine is currently a Professor on the Graduate Painting Faculty at the New York Academy of Art, where she leads a seminar on contemporary art. She has exhibited extensively in the United States, and her work has been shown internationally in London, Paris, Munich, and Amsterdam.