Katherine Cadin is an artist who loves vibrant colours and pattern. Her paintings of marine life are quirky and cheerful; reflecting her love of the sea and the inspiration she draws from it.
Taking a recognisable form such as a lobster or crab, she then adds her own twist, layering paint and adding intricate, detailed patterns and dots. The final painting is not only bright and textured, but very tactile too. The designs develop as the painting progresses, and the combinations of colours and textures become more evident, allowing the tactile nature of the finished painting to grow.
She paints on a variety of materials, including canvas, wood, driftwood and even surfboards. Walks along the Jersey coast provide a plethora of material such as seaweed forms, seabirds, crabs and shellfish for her paintings, but she also draws inspiration from her Greek heritage and travel experiences.
Spending long childhood summers on the beaches in Greece with her family is where her love of the sea, and the colour blue began. The colours of the sea, and blue and white Greek architecture inspire her work. In addition the “evil-eye” a talisman the Greeks traditionally believe will ward away bad luck, is incorporated into many of her paintings.
She was introduced to Aboriginal art whilst working and travelling extensively in Australia. She attended an Aboriginal art workshop and loved the simplicity of using a stick to create dots of paint to create an intricate painting, a style she uses often in her work. A selection of her work is sold through the Made in Jersey website, mainly smaller pieces that work well for posting and for gifts, and she has designed a new range of beach and tea towels.
Katherine Cadin products you can find on Made in Jersey:
These wooden hangings are individual paintings in acrylic on wood, that combine her handmade ceramic beads with pieces of driftwood she collects from local beaches. These are fun quirky pieces that can be hung anywhere indoors and will brighten up any room of the house.
The two beach towel and tea towel designs are taken from large original paintings. The patterns on the Lobster and crab are drawn from the movement of the seaweed in rockpools. The Red and white striped backgound of the lobster design is drawn from the stripes on Archirondel tower, and the blue and white stripes of the crab design from the white of Corbiere lighthouse against the blue sea. The towel can be washed at 30 degrees. Low tumble dry heat, or hang to dry.
These quirky little colourful Puffin brooches are handpainted in acrylic paint on wood. They are all individually painted and will vary slightly from the image.