Birdspot. On the road. Drawing birds.


I am happy to announce “A Gathering: Dozier Bell, Catherine Hamilton, Jane Rosen, Kiki Smith” at The Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Galleries, Georgia State University. The exhibit runs January 16 – March 13, 2014. Opening reception is Jan 16, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

From the press release:

“A Gathering” is a tightly focused four-artist exhibition featuring painting, drawing, prints and sculpture by the internationally recognized artists Dozier Bell, Catherine Hamilton, Jane Rosen and Kiki Smith. The curator, Cynthia Farnell, has selected pieces in which the artists use images of birds. Farnell says, “I’m interested in how the bird imagery functions in different ways as metaphors in each artist’s work. In Smith’s and Rosen’s prints, drawings and sculpture, the raptors and crows are clearly symbolic, tapping into mythical notions of the avian. Hamilton’s delicate representational watercolors of deceased sparrows are matter-of-fact, allowing the viewer to contemplate the circumstances of their deaths: window strikes, specimens and road kills, all encounters with humans in the environment. An ominous tone is also struck by Bell in her charcoal landscapes. The small size of her drawings is in contrast with her subject matter and adds to their mystery, with birds of prey wheeling in vast and stormy skies.”

For more information:

©Catherine Hamilton 2013, with all rights reserved


I am very pleased to announce that my work will be up for exhibition in “A Gathering: Dozier Bell, Catherine Hamilton, Jane Rosen, and Kiki Smith” at the Welch Gallery at Georgia State University, in Atlanta, this January! I will post the invite info as soon as I have it.

Image: Road Kill I (Northern Saw-whet Owl), watercolor on paper, 2013
©2013 Catherine Hamilton, with all rights reserved



See? I am posting again. A little study for a painting I am working on. Ink and watercolor on gray paper.

Lark Sparrows

Perhaps I should update my blog. This is a warm up, while I get used to the idea of doing this regularly again. Theoretically it should get better as I go along.

December, 2010: I think I was in a state of shock when I reached Arizona. I had been on the road for two months, all of my belongings given away or in storage, all of my goodbyes said. In those two months, there had been a residency to plan an exhibit at Mass Audubon, a bird festival in south Texas and a family visit in central Texas, followed with an amazing introduction to New Mexico by someone I now call a lifelong friend. In December, though, as I drove into Arizona, all planning or scheduling ceased, and my life eased into one of semi concrete goals and vaguer ideas. By this I mean that I wanted to look for sparrows. For the month of December, but also for the rest of my life. I won’t go into the underlying panic that this entailed.

Patagonia, AZ

The avian jewels of the Arizona spring and summer were long gone, desirable birds all of them and some not found anywhere else in the United States, but those were the birds of years past. My years of twitchiness and multiple visits and efficient itineraries and checklists and always with the counting and the ticking and the collecting – well, those were something else. I wanted something different.

Lark Sparrows

Sparrows are the perfect bird when you are poor, or depressed, or both. They don’t require extensive or expensive travel plans. All you need is a little suitable habitat and your bins. There is nothing sexy in looking for drab little brown birds, it is a challenge with only humble rewards. No glory, no fame, no economic gain. Hidden treasures. Perfect.