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I've lived a rather nomadic lifestyle and although I now consider the Desert Southwest my home, the wandering days are not over; drawing helps me explore the world. My media is pen and ink. To me, it's all about detail and process. Drawing helps me to understand the human condition, to impose my own sort of order on chaos. Although I am not personally religious, I'm interested in religious and cultural beliefs, customs, rituals, artifacts, icons, symbols, architecture, and the ways in which religion and culture affect each other. I'm drawn to the odd, the quirky, the esoteric; to the grace and flow of textiles and garments on the human form; to the emotional and psychic elements of the human condition, as well as to the physical. My formal training is in technical drawing which, when it isn't an overt element, is a heavy influence in my work.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Entwined: The Mommsen Girls

Entwined: The Mommsen Girls
9 x 12 in. (23 x 31 cm)
India Ink on smooth bristol
Catherine L. Mommsen

Modeled, with permission, on Rosanne Phelan's painting, Girls.


  1. I'm lured by the artful flow of these wispy feminine forms, compelled by the underlying dominance of abstract detail. You blend the contrasting components seamlessly, harmoniously---leaving an indelible imprint on my mind. The mystique of beauty in its many splendid shapes is most inspiring!

  2. Catherine,

    I never did well when it came to critiques while I was in know, all that artsy word speak, so I'm just going to say plainly, d-a-m-n, that some great ink work!!!

  3. an exclusif and wonderful drawning catherine.
    it is amazing how you put so many signs in an element

  4. All the details..inspiring, I'm impressed. Great job.
    Hugs Anja

  5. your detail work is insane! the dresses, the hairstyles, these women have so much character...