Catherine earned her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Longwood College (currently Longwood University) in Farmville Virginia, while in her mid 30’s, but she was not able to consistently pursue her art career for another fifteen years. In those fifteen years, however, ideas, concepts, and techniques were explored, diligently filed away on several sketchpads, envelopes and dinner napkins and assigned to the future. Her professional launch came about through a summer course at Penland School of Crafts and consequently being accepted into what she notes as a “nurturing and progressive artist community.”- Artspace. Thornton is tenaciously inquisitive with an appetite for discovery. She states, “I regret the day when I wake up to find no new thing, no reason to grow.” Her work reflects that attitude.
Thornton has received several awards and her work included in many solo and group exhibitions. Most recently, her work was chosen by Craft Alliance in St. Louis MO as part of a five year traveling exhibition beginning at the Forbes Gallery in New York.
Ideally, I wait for each concoction (and that is how it initiates-a swirling, vague soupiness) to meld, mature and make sense in my thoughts before I embark.
I do this because the second I commit to the work, the beginning touches the end and the end becomes the beginning, a circle, and in my finite mind, I am briefly in a spot where the concept of eternity is excitingly tangible.
If I rush to the table too soon, the beginning is premature and lacking. The end is weak and wanting. If I wait too long, the beginning is old and half forgotten. The end is tiresome and confusing.
This is such a transitory place of creative opportunity that I feel a fantastic “rush” as I align myself to be in the right place and on time!
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