STATEMENT for Roberts Gallery Exhibit, Oct. 2017
The shores of Lake Huron have given me painting subjects for many years. As a native of Windsor, Ontario, I visited many of the beautiful beaches on all of the great lakes, though Huron was the most frequented. Several works in this exhibit evolved from sketches done south of Port Elgin, at a sandy bay with trees near the shore. Varying times of day result in changing effects, which continue to fascinate me. Even when my concerns are with the challenges of painting, the subjects remain as areas loved for their associations, and these feelings have a very important input. Strong memories only deepen with time and add to the strong sense of place. Other paintings have been inspired by my love for the eastern townships of Quebec, and by visits to New Mexico, or are inspired by the many still life objects I have collected.
-Catherine Y. Bates