The overall effect of Day's forest(s) is one of serenity; connoting a place of refuge, a sanctuary, a beloved and essential home to many species (including the artist).
From Dark Forest: Prints, Drawings, and Hangings by Cecil Day and Mary Dryburgh; Arts Atlantic, Issue #51, Winter 1995, p.4.
Cecil Day was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1938. After graduating with an arts degree from Indiana University in 1960, Day returned to Missouri where she completed a master of fine arts at Washington University in 1973.
Day immigrated to Canada in 1979, living in Newfoundland during the winter months and Nova Scotia during the summer.
Even though her initial training was in painting, Day became recognized as a printmaker. Nature is a common subject in her work, which she translates into quilts and watercolours, papier maché sculptures and fabric banners. She has exhibited these works extensively in solo, group and juried shows across Canada and the United States.
Day has taught basic etching techniques at St. Michael's Printshop in St. John's, Newfoundland, from 1980 to 1990, and at the Yarmouth Arts Regional Centre, Nova Scotia, where she has instructed since 1983.
Day has completed many artist residencies including Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, in 1995, awarded to her by Washington University. In September 1999, she was artist in residence at Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of Newfoundland.
In addition to being part of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador's Permanent Collection, Day's work has been collected by a variety of public institutions including The Canada Council Art Bank, the National Library of Canada and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.