J. Cacciola Gallery W is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Out of the Ether: Landscapes by Maureen Chatfield.

Growing up on Long Island as an only child with two working parents, Maureen Chatfield often found herself unaccompanied. She started drawing and painting as a young teenager. As a high school student, she fondly remembers going on a school field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and being taken by the works and styles of Manet, the Impressionists, and Picasso. She moved to Manhattan and went to the Fashion Institute of Technology, then to the Art Students League and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. In 1985, Maureen moved to Hunterdon County New Jersey with her husband and two sons and continued to paint.

Maureen’s paintings are a response to the forces that shape her emotions. Those responses translate into visual forms, color relationships, and memories from her past. Maureen started painting with oils, and currently paints with acrylics, which enables her to create multiple rapid layers without obscuring the canvas. The process is one of constant experiment and change; by building up layers of color, forms, and images on the canvas to reveal the underlying pentimento. Maureen does not plan her paintings; they are discovered, during an exciting and invigorating evolution.

Of her three current series, Ether is the more interior, emerging directly from what is in her head. The Landscapes series arises from a direct experience. The Out of My Mind series focuses on the experience of human nature. Together, these series forms a body of work that transcends topicality and embraces an ever-expanding and genre defying approach to art that reflects her desire to spread beauty and joy through her creative process and finsihed canvas.

We hope you will join us for an opening reception on Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 6:00 pm to experience the beauty and creativity of Maureen Chatfield’s work. The exhibition will feature paintings depicting abstract landscapes.