What's Not To Love? Artist focus: Cathy McMurray

This series – ‘What’s Not To Love?’ is my way of sharing who or what’s caught my eye (and heart), together with the ‘why’ behind the choice. So without further ado... I’m thrilled today to introduce the very talented Cathy McMurray who as a former art teacher and shop owner is now a full-time artist.

Cathy McMurray

Cathy McMurray

In Cathy's words: I am a city girl who loves living near the mountains and the sea. The greatest inspiration for my art is the beautiful scenery that surrounds me.

I work with a variety of mediums and am intentional about using materials that are easy on the environment. My art prints are custom printed in my home studio using bamboo paper.

I regularly post pictures of my art and travels on Instagram and my blog, Habit of Art. For the latest news and product listings, follow me on Twitter.

Cathy McMurray

Over in Cathy's Etsy store, you can't help but get a sense of how important nature, the environment and the artist's surroundings influence her work.

I haven't been to Oregon, USA myself but the mountains there are obviously pivotal for Cathy in her work and I love that...  The image below, Glacier contains photography from a trip that Cathy had made to the mountains - love the abstract elements and how they work so beautifully together.

Cathy McMurray

I also appreciate Cathy's use of colour and this gift really shines through in the piece below (and many others) entitled Enchantment.  Don't you just love it?  The water, trees and the deer are balanced so beautifully.

Cathy McMurray

The piece below, Eclipse really inspires me in it's simplicity but also it's complexity at the same time.  It's in the detail but also the understated feel to this piece that for me, makes it so special.

Cathy McMurray Then as if Cathy isn't talented enough, her hand weaved wall hangings are gorgeous - I find myself soothed, curious and inspired by them, all at once.  The one below is called Harmony and that's a great title for this piece.  Cathy uses a vintage loom and boy if I lived closer (ie. the same continent lol), I'd love to see her working in person.

Cathy McMurray

In this last piece, Quest, again there are the mountains, the beautiful colour but also such juicy detail like the feather, flying birds, rainbow, water flowing etc.  The elements of this piece work really well together and again, would be a piece I could gaze at for a long time and see something different every time.

Cathy McMurray

So I do hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse into Cathy's work and please explore further using the links above and why not take a visit and say ‘Hi’ over at her website.

Jane x

Please note: all images have been used with permission by the owner.