Size: 20"W x 20"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
Years ago I spent weeks in the four corners region. I was stunned by the starkness and the beauty, but was emotionally connected in a deeper way to Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Hiking up to Chimney Rock 23 years later was sweetness tinged with a bit of sadness, for all the paths taken and not over the years. The sweet revelation in knowing that all the hardships and happiness we experience, deepens our lives in profound ways. The emotions that I experienced hiking up to Chimney Rock was the inspiration for this painting. The motion in the rocks, and the landscape below, personifies the sensation of being held, being rocked, while negotiating the emotional self.
Primarily painting in acrylic, artist Patti Cerra is inspired by the natural beauty of her home in Vermont, and the hikes she and her husband regularly take locally, nationally, and internationally. She balances modes of painting realistically and painting in an impressionist style, taking the attributes of both and applying them to her subject matter. Her sources are rooted in the natural world, interpreted through her unique lens of keen observation. Having also worked for 12 years as a medical imager, she honed these observational skills for visual precision. Cerra’s work uses light and composition to engage the viewer, allowing their brief escape into the experience from which the painting is derived. Shortly after graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University with a BFA, Patti opened a gallery with a partner in Hartland, Vermont. Her work was comprised of monoprints and raku vessels which she exhibited at various venues around the state, as well as at galleries in Massachusetts for over ten years. At that time she also created a line of raku-fired jewelry that was represented and sold nationally. Her experience in the arts as a maker and exhibitor provides the platform for the rich studio practice that she maintains today. Cerra lives and works in Norwich, Vermont. "As I negotiate down this path as an artist, I'm hoping to create a bridge between my paintings, the planet we live on, and the viewer. I strive to create an opportunity for the viewer to peer into their own soul, to transcend their immediate understanding of themselves, and awaken to the brilliant oneness we share with all the beings on this planet."