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Cathie's gallery contains an assortment of originals, adaptations, reproductions of classics, and paintings following instructional books and videos. To see Cathie's own style in a selection of 100% original works, please click the following link:…



2015 Year of the Sheep by catherinejao
2015 Year of the Sheep
January 2015. Sumi on shikishi board.

Happy New Year everyone! I made this in honor of the Chinese Zodiac Sign for this year, which is the year of the sheep. I drew one white one and a smaller black one as a reminder to be at peace with whatever may come this year, both good and bad, and make it the best year yet ;) After all, the sheep is a sign of peace and tranquility right?

What are the new things coming for you this year?
Whichever Way the Wind Blows by catherinejao
Whichever Way the Wind Blows
2014.October. 23 x 17.5 cm colored inks and sumi on handmade paper.

Wow, it's been such a long time since I last posted, I hope everyone is well. I decided to return to my roots and play around with spontaneous sumi paintings. I made this for my husband, who's going through some stressful times right now. As the title of the painting goes, whichever way the wind blows, I will be there with him. As coincidence would have it, there was a typhoon in the area while I was making this. Has your art ever been influenced by the current weather?


Catherine Jao
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
Catherine is a Chinese-Filipino professional ink painter based in Kyoto, Japan. She paints in both Sumi-e and Nihonga (Japanese painting) media. She does paintings on handmade paper and on traditional shikishi board.

Her paintings are done in her own take on various traditional Japanese ink-painting styles. She often paints in the following genres: Bijinga (beautiful women), classic oriental portraits, Zenga (Zen Buddhist paintings), and occasionally landscapes, abstract paintings, and bird & flower paintings.

If you are interested in commissions or in purchasing originals, please send an e-mail to

If you are on Facebook, please like Catherine Jao's Art fan page at… also.
Some of my paintings are on display at the lobby of Cardinal Santos Medical Center in Greenhills (!

The exhibit runs from April 7 - May 7, 2014 and a portion of the proceeds go to the hospital's projects for the underprivileged. If you have time, please do drop by and visit :)

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SomniVision Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Lovely gallery! I admire your technique and skill with sumi-e :) I hope to see more from you!
catherinejao Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much! I hope to see more of yours as well!
Yaoyaoyao5168 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your work ! 
catherinejao Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
mikartmilo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I just found your work while browsing just got lost in your gallery so many beautiful pieces of art. Very inspiring! :)
catherinejao Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, I really appreciate that you took the time to look through it!
hiru-miyamoto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hello! =)
My name is Hiru Miyamoto, I'm brazilian illustrator and I live in Japan for 13 years.
I'm looking for illustrators or photographers people who lives in Japan, japanese or foreigners, to became friends here.
I'm watching you, if you are interested, please watch me deviantart account to and send me a message, I can speak japanese, portuguese, and a little of english and spanish.
And my facebook account is Hiru Miyamoto, feel free to add me. (^^)
Bye bye! (^^)
catherinejao Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the invitation! I will certainly check out your page :) Very adorable illustrations by the way!
elvenelegance Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the comment! First comment so far on my photography!
Spumped Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I reeeallly dig your style!
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