Imagination is everything - use it !

About Me


"My vision includes one-of-a-kind designs for those people who don't want the ordinary. I see myself taking nature in its purest form and reproducing it on paper, fabric and fine art. When you come to my studio you will enjoy seeing my artwork hung on the walls, printed on various textiles and cards and now on furniture.”

Cathylee moved from Long Island,  New York to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2011.  She is a member of the Chatham Artists Guild and currently serves on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the North Carolina Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

In the beginning, Cathylee employed watercolors to create vibrantly colored paintings applied in layers, like most artists in the genre.  After much experimentation with various materials Cathylee discovered Aquabord.  Wanting to reveal delicate drawings within her work, like the intricate pattern of a bee’s wing or the individual hairs on a rabbit, Aquabord has become the perfect substrate for her current work. It's hard surface can be used with multiple layers of color and water without buckling or curling .   It provides a smooth surface for the exacting details that are Cathylee’s passion, and it requires no glass, only a clear varnish, to complete each vibrantly colored piece.

 “All of my paintings are done without preliminary drawings. I start with a ‘critter or other image’ in mind and then my imagination takes them into an original and whimsical world all their own.  I have fun capturing the realistic likeness of an animal, bird, or insect and then placing it in a completely different environment or situation – like a turtle with a ladder, a rhino on a disco floor, or a bluebird on a piano keyboard. I have recently branched out into painting images of old houses and the insides of clocks - who knows what will come next. " 


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Cat Mahin

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Critters & Colors

89 Serenity Hill Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, USA

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