Cathryn Miles’s paintings are known for their rich color and textures and for their evocation of landscape without explicit depiction. Inspiration comes from her immediate environment, especially the turbulence of the clouds, colors created by weather and the natural patterning of the earth.
With a process that is both intuitive and improvisational, she starts each piece by drawing simple, open shapes and linear elements with charcoal and oil pastel. Then, she fills in with areas of color, scraping off layers and adding them back until the composition reveals itself. Her use of palette knives gives a boldness and physicality to the paintings, helping to convey the raw, primitive energy of nature. Cathryn has a keen ability to balance the lines, shapes, color and surface quality in her work.
Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the US and are included in numerous collections.