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Although Cathy Abramson was born in a small city, Middletown, New York, her work concentrates on the urban environment.  She paints in oils and has been exhibiting in juried solo and group shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region for the past 25 years and has work in many pubic and private collections.

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Cathy Abramson (photo courtesy of Bud Wilkinson)

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The  city — its pulse, stories and color, captivates oil painter Cathy  Abramson. She says, “The city changes moment to moment not just in appearance but in its narrative.”

Abramson’s representational paintings examine the temporal qualities of city life and the effect of this rapid change on the urban environment. The artwork explores the physical backdrop as well as the connections or estrangement of people as they go about their daily lives.  She continues to explore the urban environment through the more painterly aspects of her subject matter; the linear quality of buildings under construction and the effect of light and shadow on the geometry of the built environment.

Cathy uses squeegees, rollers and brushes to convey textures and surfaces. Many of the buildings retain structures from previous construction just as her paintings reveal previous stages in the painting process. Recent paintings explore the dichotomy of artifact and the new in the built environment as well as change in people’s lives.

In her current practice she imagines the stories behind the people and places she paints and examines what lies beneath the surface. The stories are now more ambiguous and the narrative more mysterious.  Cathy Abramson sees poetry in the ordinary and although she paints particular people and scenes, her local paintings of Washington, DC and surrounds resonate with everyone.