Artist Statement

My paintings are derived from experience in the natural landscape; places I’ve been, combining an exploration of self and the inquisitive act of painting. There may be current ideologies found within the tumultuous relationship depicted between air, water and land, but I believe the work returns to itself as a painting, rather than to any ideology suggested. The presence of a weed, mud, or a flower in the landscape takes on as much importance to me as the “scene”. Their symbolism lies in the joy I experience when contemplating nature’s resilience and the desire I have for discovery in painting.

-Cecilia Whittaker-Doe