I began rowing after a back injury. It is a great team sport for fitness and comradery. “The catch” is a rowing term describing the moment when the oar blade enters the water. Starting with the boat at rest, the coxswain commands the rowers to be ready, “At The Catch!”. The next command is, “Row!”. With these two rapid fire commands, blades swiftly enter the water and legs push with a force that propels the boat forward. It is this moment that I have endeavored to translate into two-dimensional form in vibrant colors.
“At The Catch II” was created as homage to Chicago Rowing Union. CRU’s mission is to promote the sport of rowing to the LGBT community and its supporters. The team colors are predominantly blue. This print might reflect a team practice, rowing on the North Branch of the Chicago river out of Skokie. Teams spend many hours practicing to get all bodies moving as one. Balance, coordination and strength all blend in the success of the team.
“At The Catch III” was created as a tribute to Recovery on Water. ROW is a rowing team that gives patients and survivors of breast cancer the unique opportunity to interact, become active during their recovery, and gain support from fellow survivors. I have volunteered at several of the St. Patrick’s Day events when an annual fun row is held on the river in Chicago. Given the tradition of dying the Chicago River green on this holiday, using green as the dominant color was an intuitive choice, while keeping the violet oars to represent the connectivity of the three prints and the Chicago rowing community.