Animal Paintings

The Sculptural Forms of Animals

The initial inclusion of horses and other animals in my paintings happened while I was working towards an exhibit in Norway. Having lived there I knew that the landscape was never empty but continuously dotted with sheep, horses, or people. Yet like Saskatchewan, it has had a culture entrenched in the landscape. Growing up in Saskatchewan instilled in me a connection to the land. Extensive painting in Saskatchewan, and Alberta, frequently at ranches and farms continued the link between painting, nature, and animals as an iconography of a settled landscape. I became intrigued with the idea of rough stock and domestic farm animals as an intrinsic and major element of the composition and narrative.

These paintings have settings of either landscapes, rodeos, ranches, or heavy horse shows which are not wildlife but part of a socially constructed environment. The tradition of painting horses in Western art is extensive and the idea of how to contemporize this tradition has been a challenge and motivation. These creatures are perceived through the lens of culture. Nature and culture in these paintings are so entwined that it is impossible to separate one from the other. The process of painting animals is more that just conveying a motif but the record of a culturally charged and ever changing environment.

My animal paintings are examples of illusionist space. Modeling and the direction of light articulates the three dimensional shapes. The images are developed and explored in order to convey the strength, gesture, and sculptural forms of animals.

Recent Art News

Catherine Perehudoff Fowler 2017 Autumn Reflections acrylic canvas  30x40  in

Group show Gevik Gallery, Toronto ON. June 17 - July 8  - Link


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Review of solo exhibit at Artifact Gallery, April 2017, Halasz, Piri. Three with Brio, May 13, 2016, From the Mayor's Doorstep  - Link
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Recent Artwork

  • New for 2017
    New for 2017 Seaside Roses (24" x 30")   Someone once told me that roses do not grow along…
  • 2015
    2015 Wild Waves of the Atlantic (48" x 48")  This recent artwork was painted in my…
  • 2012
    2012 Fields In July Near Batoche    watercolor on paper 40 x 60 in. This watercolour is…
  • June 2011
    June 2011 An element of the Eastern seaboard that has inspired me over the years is the…

Collector Invitation

For archival purposes and future public exhibitions the artist would like to invite collectors of her work, if they are interested, to share their names, the title, medium, year of the painting they own and contact information with her in order to facilitate potential curatorial research. Due to the closing of many commercial galleries previously exhibiting her work information pertaining to the location of earlier paintings has been lost. This information would be kept confidential in the artist’s records unless there was a request for a specific art work to be included in a public exhibition at which time the collector would be contacted for permission.