Sketchbook #22: Cathy Diamond

To draw the forest is to study complex relationships. Below are a few of the direct studies Diamond has made that indirectly underlie and inform her complex and dynamic paintings.
This is how she describes it:
I keep drawings like these visible in order to make larger paintings, not to copy, but to conjure.  My first hours at a scene I’m scratching at surfaces.  Thereafter, drawing and painting take over, it’s not about the scene anymore, it’s in me and I’m in it.

Diamond’s work is metaphorical and atavistic in part, but it also has an urgency that makes me think of the worldwide efforts to understand and restore  diverse habitats.



High Grass, 12 x 9 in, 2022


Trunk study in Queens, 12 x 9 in, Acrylic, graphite, 2022


Woods- Glenn, 11 x 14 in, Watercolor, Acrylic, graphite, 2022


Woods – Alice. Watercolor, Pencil, 11 x 14 in, 2022


After Newport, 12 x 12 in, Mixed media, 2022


Vershire, Vermont 9×12 in, 2021


Tree study, 16 x 12 in, Watercolor, acrylic, graphite, 2022


Razor’s Edge_8 x 7.5 inches_India Ink, Gouache_2021


Riverbed, 9 x 12 in, Ink, pencil, acrylic, 2022

see more of Cathy Diamond’s work here