When Land Meets the Sea
An artists' view of the fragile environments of our coastlines
by A collection of paintings and stories by Cathy Harville
A life-long resident of the Chesapeake Bay area, Cathy Harville has always had a love for nature. In the past several years, she embarked on a mission to paint our earth's land and sea, often from a unique viewpoint - her kayak. It was during a kayaking trip that Cathy realized most of her "seascapes" showed the interaction of land and water. Thus, the idea for this book was born.
Cathy also began to take a special interest in exactly how the land and sea mingle - and realized how important this fragile ecosystem is to the health of our planet. Using bright colors and bold texture, Cathy's artwork is a feast of "eye-candy", and invites us to spend some time in places most of us will never see. Her stories reflect her respect for nature, her struggles with creating art, and her hope that we will all step up to the plate, and take responsibility for our planet earth.
In the new millennium, Cathy Harville traded her corporate attire for a painting apron, and pursued her dream of painting full time. After watching the commercial development of her childhood playgrounds – forests, fields, and streams – Cathy realized that the natural open spaces around us are in peril. As a result, her goal is to capture nature, before it is forever lost. Cathy paints her journeys as she explores places that are unknown, unseen, or forgotten. She has recorded nature at its finest in parks, refuges, swamps, beaches, and farms, including the historic USNA Dairy Farm. Cathy’s work has been exhibited in many venues in Maryland and New York, and her artwork hangs in homes and offices throughout the US. Her studio is located in Historic Savage Mill in Savage, MD. Cathy is also a member of several art leagues. She lives with her husband, Richard, and canine friend, Lucy, in Gambrills, MD.