March Avery Cavanaugh

March Avery knew at an early age that she would be a painter. She never considered anything else. Trained by her famous father, Milton Avery, and surrounded by other artists who were her father’s friends, such as Mark Rothko, Adolf Gottlieb, Barnett Newman, Byron Browne, and Marsden Hartley, she developed her talent. For years she painted side by side with her father. She is, however, her own unique person with her own style. Her work has a matter-of-fact directness that is her own characteristic.

Her work is represented in several museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, New Britain Museum, Connecticut, and The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia. Avery’s paintings follow the colorist tradition set forth by her father, Milton Avery, relying on a sophisticated palette of evocative colors to render the simplified child-like forms that characterize her scenes of life. When asked about the painting process she says, “it’s a magical process…thank God for the subconscious.”

Photo courtesy of the Estate of Wallace Putnam