Catherine Thompson, Portland Member Since November 2010 Artist Statement My work is about discovery, adventure, and an intimate relationship with nature. I am interested in the physical texture of the materials I use, how that relates to the overall image, and leaving an air of the unknown behind for each viewer to fill in. Whether the piece is portraying something in a realistic way, or through abstraction, I do not try to lead the viewer down one specific path. My work is largely inspired by my life as a traveler. Changing landscapes, lines in nature, and the color combinations I have encountered all find themselves somewhere in my work. Much like a journey, my work is about the process as much as it is about the end result.