I have enjoyed painting since I was very young. However, I have only become a full – time artist in the past two years after many years as an art teacher.
Emotive and intuitive explorations of mysterious or spiritual places define my abstract and semi-abstract landscapes. Sometimes I enjoy creating more realistic pieces, especially dreamy romantic landscapes which present a different set of challenges. In my abstracts, I often incorporate dramatic movement and organic forms, produced with layers of paint and blending. My work has an overall softness as a result of applying paint with sponges, fabric and other equipment as well as brushes. I choose to use either acrylic or oil paints according to the subject of the artwork because each medium has unique qualities.When I paint, my overall aim is to create something beautiful or thought provoking. Examples of my paintings and commissions can be seen on my own website http://www.cathyyarwoodmahy.com/ and Facebook page.
2016 Finalist in the Australian Contemporary Art Awards, 2016. Solo exhibition at Gallery Voltaire, North Melbourne ( 14 paintings sold and 3 new commissions). My paintings (Combustion and Blue Dream) received Amazing Art Awards in the online art competition World of Art Facebook group. I exhibited at the Moonee Valley Rotary Art Show.
2015 I exhibited at the Albert Park College Art Show, in a group exhibition at 69 Smith Street Gallery Fitzroy and at the Rotary Art Shows in Camberwell, Bayside Sandringham and Hobson's Bay. One of my paintings was published in the October 2015 issue of the international Art Ascent magazine.
2014 Group exhibition at Cotham Gallery 101 in Kew.
2013 Moreland Windows Art Competition
2006 Ivanhoe Grammar School Art Show
2000 Group exhibition at (the former) Ultraglow Gallery in Brunswick.