Figures and Fish…


Weight of Balance Depth Scales by Cathy Hegman 40 x 40 inches

This piece is born of several months of thought, paint and gazing. Perhaps it is my age, but it seems that I am acutely aware of so much sadness and suffering in the world and locally now…my work reflects this for me. I am hopeful despite all of what surrounds me in the world. Art relies heavily on symbolism to communicate and through the years mine has involved figures,animals and fish to relay my thoughts in my work.

My art has taken a different path as of late, it is familiar, but also new to me, and feels right for now.  I have always wrestled with my art, sometimes brutally, sometimes lovingly, and often I have compensated my thoughts and feelings for what someone has said or requested of me.  I have made a conscious effort as of late to paint only what is true to me, what represents my inner thoughts and reflections after all that is really all I can be truthful about.    I am at the age of realizing life is short, if I am not honest with myself then I am leaving only something of very little value when I leave.

I wish everyone a peaceful, love-filled,truthful, and prosperous New Year!

 Thank you for reading my blog!

Take care,

Cathy Hegman


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About Cathy S. Hegman

Art, much like a road links people together both visually and mentally. One can attain a glimpse inside the artist’s soul by studying the artist’s work, and perhaps find something that links them to the artist and the art. A work of art has the ability to resonate and touch the emotions without regard to age, gender, race, or religion through the application of pigment to canvas or paper. Art can be the voice that cries out without limits, or sometimes whispers the thoughts of the creator. Art speaks silently, yet conjures up feelings and gives satisfaction that is undeniable, and yet intrinsic. It validates our need to learn about ourselves, and gives us freedom to search for our own identities. The road is long and often dusty, but always renewing the spirit with inspiration. It is my hope in this lifetime to give a part of what I have learned through and on my journey with others. The deepest form of us is revealed in our thoughts and my art is the translation of my thoughts to paper and canvas. I paint layers of color and line to create a history of marks that will guide the viewer into my world of thought and engage them in the process. I embed personal symbols throughout my art to give it deeper meaning. I encourage you to think about life in a visual way and to contemplate our connections with each other and the world we share.
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11 Responses to Figures and Fish…

  1. JoanieART says:

    absolutely gorgeous awesome piece. and i love the honesty of your sharing. i, too, have struggled of late with life and my art-making…..and what you said, about painting what is True For You. Yes, easier said than done to be sure, but really, what other path is there? Thank you for inspiring me with your art and sharings.

  2. i feel much the same. life is shorter everyday but one has to remain hopeful and live in the moment i think.

  3. there is a prevailing darkness in all your work. a contemplative life can’t help but be expressed when creating a painting or any art object.

  4. Janet says:

    An exceptionally beautiful painting following many other thoughtful, wonderful pieces of work.

  5. Carol Wiebe says:

    This was very inspiring to read. I am heartened by your vow to paint only what is true to you. It is easy to veer from that path, for many reasons. It may even be hard, sometimes, to be clear about what that means. But without the attempt, we are in danger of pleasing others at the expense of having our own hearts go unrepresented.

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