Myles Cavanaugh is a versatile artist from Lambertville, NJ. Born in 1974 to an artistic family, Cavanaugh was encouraged at an early age to experience his surroundings. “My family always urged me to be hands on,” says Cavanaugh, “I was allowed to carve wood, use tools, and make a
mess , things other kids weren’t necessarily allowed to do.”
These allowances naturally led him to discover his artistic abilities, which he was urged to pursue. Growing up in an area that valued art made it possible to consider becoming a professional artist. “I was very fortunate to grow up in a town with such a vibrant arts community — I wouldn’t be doing what I was doing if it weren’t for their support.”
His steadfast drive to develop his craft led Cavanaugh to pursue art school, and in 1992, he enrolled in the Fine Arts Program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. “I knew immediately that this was my career path. I worked hard, learning all I could until I felt comfortable calling myself an artist. Since then, I’ve never looked back.”
Cavanaugh’s penchant for working hands-on continued to emerge as he enrolled in classical methods and techniques including wax casting, printmaking, and impressionism. Although he tried his hand at modern art, it became clear to him that his interests lay in the techniques of the old world masters, specifically on classical American impressionism
Although mainly drawn to classical techniques, Cavanaugh became proficient in modern methods like graphic design, photography, and digital art. He has implemented these skills into his own work, and consults with businesses to bring innovation to their branding.
Shortly after his studies at Pratt, Cavanaugh began painting abroad. In 1992, he traveled to Spain where he felt an immediate connection. He made several returning trips before being awarded a 2003 to paint in Mojacár, Spain. Cavanaugh immediately fell in love with the city and its surroundings, and how these elements translated seamlessly into his painting style.
“The light in Spain is incredible,” says Cavanaugh, “From how the sunlight hits the dusty roads to the bright stucco buildings — there is an intense experience of light, heat, and color all at the same time.” Another aspect he grew to appreciate was having an audience. “People would come out of their homes to watch me paint. There was a sense of pride in how they watched me immortalize a place that they strongly identified with.” Today, it is not uncommon to catch a glimpse of Cavanaugh situated before his easel amidst the scenes he paints. As gratifying as it is for an audience to identify the locations depicted in his work, Cavanaugh hopes for a bit more. “It is so deeply satisfying when someone sees past the intellectual connection of identifying a place, and forms an emotional relationship with a piece" Since his time in Spain, Cavanaugh has become a world traveler, painting scenes throughout Portugal, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, Morocco, and the Netherlands.
Though many of his paintings honor the picturesque scenes found throughout his hometown, Cavanaugh has been expanding his focus to more urban scenes like the Jersey Shore, New York City, and Philadelphia. “I’ve begun to really enjoy capturing the movement and jumble of industrial locations,” says Cavanaugh, “I appreciatethe challenge of finding the right moment to capture amidst all the chaos.”
"I strive to create beauty in my work, focusing on purity, emotion and instinct;
balancing between aesthetics and technique. I try to bring forth a sense of feeling
and tangibility to my work. My goal is to create paintings that breathe life."
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