Cathy Abramson

Kennedy And Colorado

Artist Statement

My recent focus has been painting scenes of Washington, DC and the DMV. The Kennedy Street neighborhood is a mix of affordable housing, expensive renovation, and low-income housing. The neighborhood has a mix of income groups and is ethnically diverse. My paintings investigate the stories of the city. I spent two years photographing and painting the neighborhood and its residents. I listened carefully to the stories of each person, painting their portraits and their environment. I recorded scenes that are about recent history, change, nostalgia and social struggle; the joys and frustrations of contemporary urban life. The piece for The Doors of Make Room has strong architectural elements and illustrates the physical elements and structure of affordable housing. The design focuses on community, women, children, and dogs in a neighborhood, going about their daily lives against a backdrop of a building renovation.



Cathy Abramson maintains a studio at Artists & Makers Studios 1 in Rockville, MD. In 2018, Night Riders illustrated Stop Procrastination Now!, an article in Professional Artist Magazine. She completed the three-year Master Artists Program at the Compass Atelier in March 2017 . Her work was featured in two online exhibits, HerStory, (2017and 2018) an international competition by Manhattan Arts International, and the second by SavvyPainter (2017). In addition, two paintings were purchased for the Washingtonia Collection by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (2017). In 2016 she was listed as a Finalist in the Portraits/Figures category of The Artist’s Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition. She spent most of her career working as Art Director for NOVA Research Company where she designed publications and exhibits for NIH. In 2005, she illustrated Wild Washington: Animal Sculptures A to Z, and in 1997, Simple Secrets of Parenting: Easy as ABC. For a number of years, she co-owned Grapevine Graphics, a local graphic design firm. She began her career in graphic design and editorial illustration, working as the art director for The Washington Monthly, a political magazine. She has been exhibiting in juried solo and group shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region for the past 25 years and has work in many public and private collections.

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