Cathy Hirsh is an artist who likes to experiment with media techniques to achieve visual impact. Media used might be watercolor, oil, acrylic, gouache, or a variety of mixed media, and her subject matter might be landscape, floral or abstract. She paints on location and also in her studio—studio #41 at Artists and Makers Studios (A&M) Parklawn.
Her award-winning work can be found on multiple websites, in Washington-area gallery and display venues, and at periodic solo and group shows. Her work has appeared at Brookside Gardens, Strathmore Hall, the Blackrock Center for the Arts, the Yellow Barn at Glen Echo, and the Delaplaine in Frederick to name a few.
She is also a teacher, providing art workshops and classes in her studio. As a Master Gardener, she speaks to garden groups on art concepts related to garden design.
Active within the artist community, she is a past president of the Montgomery Art Association (MAA), led the MAA Gallery at the Westfield Wheaton mall for its 6-year existence, and is currently leading the group of artists participating in Gallery 209. She is also the current Curator for the A&M Guest Artist Gallery at Parklawn.
About her work, Hirsh says, “sometimes it is just magical—the piece seems to “happen,” capturing what I’ve imagined. Other times, it can be a real struggle whether it’s because of the subject, a new technique, or simply being outside fighting the weather and insects! Whatever, it is an exciting journey.”
She hopes viewers find themselves excited and intrigued by her work. Firmly in the belief that all can find their own unique artistic voice, she invites her viewers to begin a journey of their own by taking her classes.