Artist Spotlight: Catherine Courtenaye


courtenaye_catherineThough born in Madrid, Spain, artist Catherine Courtenaye explores the practice of American penmanship during the 19th century by recontextualizing these artifacts in fields of color and language. Her paintings feature “off-hand flourishes” — ornate displays of the penman’s prowess — to create letterform birds. Each bird is meant to inspire viewers to improve and perfect their own penmanship

Courtenaye’s work has been featured in exhibits across the country and can be seen in private and public collections.

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Oil on panel
Tahoe Tower

“By recombining, layering and embedding lines and images into fields of color, I hope to reanimate and give new expression to each bird.”

Sixteen works by Catherine Courtenaye are displayed at Renown Regional Medical Center.

About the Renown Art Collection
At Renown Health we’ve created an environment that transcends the boundaries of traditional medicine by combining the healing power of art with our skill, expertise and technology. We’ve culled an art collection that comprises more than 1,000 works of original art — many from local and regional artists — to edify both our patients and visitors. Explore the healing power of art by viewing our online art database of featured works and artists.