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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:…



In the Palm of His Hand by catherinejao
In the Palm of His Hand
January 2016. Sumi and colored pigment on handmade paper

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! Inspired by this year's sign, I made this painting of the Monkey King trying to leap out of Buddha's hand.

For those of you familiar to the story of Journey to the West, I'm sure you can empathize with how the monkey must be feeling. However, in my better days, I try to look at it in a different way -- no matter how many silly and proud things we may do, we are always in the palm of Buddha's hand, accepted for who we are, despite our imperfections. 

I saw a rendition of the Hand of Fatima in metal while on a recent trip, and I was really inspired by it. What about you, have you been inspired by something you saw lately? 
Cats by the Sea by catherinejao
Cats by the Sea
2015.12 Sumi-e on handmade paper mounted on fan

I was quite honored to be part of making my brother-in-law's wedding more special when he and my now sister-in-law asked me to create their wedding logo, incorporating her love for cats and their mutual love for the sea. And I was thrilled when they liked the logos so much that they asked me to hand paint those same logos onto these fans, which became the souvenirs for the wedding. 

So happy to both be able to have gifts I can use to make the people I care about feel special and of course, to have my work be appreciated as well. How about you? :)

To see more of my work on fans, check out…
After a lot of preparation (and yes, hemming and hawing), I've finally opened my Etsy shop called One Bright Pearl! If you have time, please do check it out ;)…
Hey Everyone! It's been awhile since I last posted, but in case you have time, please do check out my Facebook page where I posted one of my latest projects :)

I love making paintings to be displayed, but at the end of the day, I want my paintings to be accessible to everybody, so I’ve decided to incorporate them into things that could be used in everyday life, one of them being fans.

Follow the link to my first completed project; my painting, entitled “Fresh Start” and the accompanying fan version and let me know what you think! ;)…
My husband forwarded this link to me, said it reminded him of us 💗 Looking through it though, I realize that while my paintings look nothing like these, I would love for them to have the same feelings. Sharing the love! :)



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.
After a lot of preparation (and yes, hemming and hawing), I've finally opened my Etsy shop called One Bright Pearl! If you have time, please do check it out ;)…

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SomniVision Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional
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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