Colorful, fun, and beautifully done the paintings by visual artist Linda Bachrach had me at meow. Linda is a Honolulu based artist who creates Asian inspired watercolor paintings featuring cats who are full of personality. Sweet, cheeky and playful I found her work warm and welcoming. Walking by an outdoor art show in Waikiki I spotted her paintings and I could not leave without picking up at least one print to take home with me.
Linda started painting in 1997 in San Francisco then in 2001 moved to Honolulu where she studied the basics of western watercolor painting. She creates her feline masterpieces using Chinese brush, bamboo, pen, twig, eyedropper dipped in ink, Japanese ink sticks and Gansai paints.
Besides prints Linda also creates original pieces on canvas and cards, a few that I really enjoyed are posted here with her permission.
The whimsical works convey a love for her subjects with paintings sometimes featuring the personality of her own cats. The felines are all painted in a “loose and expressive style to capture the attitudes and personalities of these wonderful creatures. Most are imaginative in color and shape with a special mischievous look in their eye.”
If you find yourself in Hawaii be sure to stop by the art Art on the Zoo Fence near the Honolulu Zoo across from Kapi’olani Park in Waikiki on Sundays to say hi and pick up a Hawaiian cat to bring home. If you can’t make it out this way fear not, Linda’s work is available from her Etsy Store – Hawaii Cats with prices starting $18.