About Catherine Jo Morgan
My paintings are prayers to love more and love better.
My painting process is always an adventure of discovery. Spiritual guidance from my faith as a Christian is vital to my work, but the paintings themselves are meant for anyone who find them nourishing.
Sometimes the seed of a painting comes to me in a dream or waking vision; occasionally I can see the painting in its entirety. Other times, I’m just led to start with a certain canvas and color, and plunge in. As I paint, I listen to the painting, setting myself aside, asking for spiritual help to make the painting exactly as it wants to be made. And as the painting changes, I change too.
A transplant from the flat grids of Illinois to the curves of Georgia in 1969, Catherine Jo Morgan’s paintings of hearts luxuriate in delicious curves. Morgan uses intuitive bold color and texture to infuse the heart symbol with spiritual depth. Expressive strokes of brush or oil pastel convey her trust in a spontaneous, open process.
In her first career facilitating personal growth and social change, Morgan learned to trust an open-ended process of deep listening, responding with intuitive imagery, without trying to control the result. She then applied the same approach to work as an artist-blacksmith, then as a painter. Her spiritual journey has taken her from Christianity to agnosticism, New Age work, radical feminist spirituality, wiccan and pagan ceremonies, and back to a much deeper Christianity.
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The Center Gallery, Sautee, GA, 706-878-3300
A.B. General Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, The University of Chicago
M.A. Psychology, Georgia State University
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