Enid Petherick — Review
Enid Petherick’s exhibit – “Songs of Joy” - is a study in exuberance and a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Enid has
lived since childhood with a chronic back condition and in 1985, she
survived colon cancer. These experiences have given her a deep awareness
of what a wonderful thing “just living” is. Her artwork certainly
expresses a joy and zest for life.
Bird Song, one of the paintings in her exhibit, is a painting of an
oriental cagebird and its song. The bird has escaped from its cage and
sings jubilantly of its freedom. Butterfly Ecstasy is another excellent
example of Enid’s vibrant expressions of the joy and ecstasy of being
Enid’s paintings are not literal renderings of her subjects, but are an
attempt to “capture” “the essence of things.” Landscape has always been a
major focus, but the artist has also developed a unique and evocative
figurative style. Recently she has been combining the two.
In Red/Green Figurative Landscape we see reclining male and female
forms. Their out-lines make the mountains and their bodies embrace the
solidity of the earth. This painting links the power and strength of
landscape with the indomitable spirit of humankind.
Common throughout all Enid’s works are vibrant color, a sense of
movement and a deep and profound respect for nature.