Cathylee Mahin

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    919 537 8465
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    89 Serenity Hill Circle,Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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    Critters & Colors

I moved from NY to Chapel Hill five years ago. I am currently enrolled in the UNC Botanical Art Program.
I paint with many layers of watercolor in order to create rich vibrant colors but also want the ability to create detailed drawings, such as the intricate pattern of a bee’s wing or the individual hairs on a rabbit. After first painting on various watercolor papers I then discovered Aquaboard. Aquaboard provides the perfect foundation for both – one that can be used with layers and layers of color and water without the worry of the paper buckling or curling and also provides a smooth surface for detailed work.
I like to paint realistic pictures of animals, birds, insects, etc. and then put them in a completely different environment – like a turtle with a ladder, a rhino on a disco floor, or a bluebird on a piano keyboard.
All of my paintings are done without a preliminary drawing. I start with a “critter” in mind and then let my imagination run. This has led to my signature backgrounds and then to the name for my work “Critters & Colors”. My work has been reproduced on fabric and I am currently exploring new avenues with Interior Designers and fashion people.

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