This painting by Jean Cate is made with salt and ink on a wooden panel. Cate achieves an empyrean composition in her balance of striking bursts of ink and gentle washes with salt to create movement and texture. Cate uses pastels in this piece, creating a blooming effect with pockets of purple and brownish hues. The subtle grain of the birchwood panel swirls beneath applications of deep navy ink, for an effect that is both radiant and absorbing.
Ink, salt, watercolor and pastel on wood panel 10 1/4” x 13 1/4” x 2 1/4” w/ wood frame
Jean Cate is a Chicago based artist and owner of Martha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful Things. She studied painting, drawing and ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She creates evocative paintings and drawings while exploring atmosphere, isolation, emptiness and harmony within chaos.