If Cathy Corcione’s paintings make you think of water, there’s a reason. The accomplished artist has spent much of her life in and around it. The Red Bank resident grew up swimming at the beach and on local club teams. While still a high school student, she competed on the U.S. swim team at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, and later, on the first women’s swim team at Princeton University. For the past 30 years, she’s even coached young swimmers locally. As Cathy puts it, “When you look at the pool six days a week, water is in your head.”
So, it’s no wonder that water is the inspiration and running theme for this accomplished, self-taught artist’s paintings. Whether portraits, seascapes, landscapes, elements from nature, or even bathing-capped-and goggled swimmers themselves, Cathy’s paintings have a diffused quality, as if viewed underwater. The ethereal movement, iridescence and shimmer she creates using acrylic, gouache and watercolor paints on canvas and paper, also evoke the calm and soothing peacefulness of being by the sea. “You can’t choose your style,” she says. “It comes from within”
“Cathy’s love of water is in her soul and revealed through her paintbrush,” says Judi Trammell, owner of Gallery Jupiter in Little Silver. “Even when she’s painting another subject, there is always a soft, watery, atmospheric feel.”
“Studies in Time,” an exhibit of Cathy Corcione’s works, will be held at Gallery Jupiter, Friday, April 28, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, and Saturday, April 29, from 12 – 4 pm, with the artist on hand to offer a deep-dive into her work, inspiration and favorite subject.
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