by Catherine Meyers
(Parrsboro,Nova Scotia, Canada)
CATHERINE MEYERS - ARTIST STATEMENT
My drawing and painting practice involves representational, figurative, portraiture, and narrative
subject matter. Over the last four years I have had let go of realistic rendering, in order to return with a renewed perception and ideology of what it means to involve myself with art, and in particular with painting. I give myself permission now to make mistakes, which enables me to greatly enjoy the creative process, while sustaining my passion for realistic rendering, or not, without any preoccupation with the completed outcome.
After working for many years in oil medium alone, egg tempera has given me a deeper vision and appreciation for painting. Currently I am involved with continuing a series of egg tempera paintings on panels, based on the book, “ Women Who Run With The Wolves”, by Jungian analyst, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, that depict inter-cultural myths, fairy tales and stories that represent a longing for the wild and understanding the wild woman and knowing the soul.
Catherine Meyers was born in 1953, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. She grew up in Ontario after her parents relocated when she was six months old. Her family returned to Nova Scotia in 1968.
After attending the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design for four years in Halifax, during the 70s, she returned to study art again at the age of 56 as a mature student, at Mount Allison University, in Sackville New Brunswick, where she recently graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, receiving the Catherine Arsenault-MacDonald Memorial Award. This award if given to those mature students who exhibit perseverance and determination in achieving their degree.
During the period in between her art education she has worked as a Youth Care Worker for many years, is an Apprentice Welder and an Equestrian. She had a varied and colourful life of experiences, from baking bagels at the Wild Cat Cafe, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, to teaching Middle Eastern Dance ( belly dance) to fishermen' s wives in her small village at the local community hall.
BFA Mount Allison University
BFA Program 4.5 years NSCAD
Visual Artist/ Painter