Caitlin Leline Hatch is best known for her soulful, impressionistic watercolor paintings, with work that reflects the essence of its subjects. In animals, figures and landscapes, Leline Hatch captures the interplay of light, shadow and color, and reveals the everyday magic all around us.
Leline Hatch has been dedicated to watercolor for over 20 years. Her work has been featured in The Art of Watercolor magazine, the Watercolor Artist magazine, the PleinAir magazine and the American Watercolor and Fine Art Connoisseur newsletters. She has been selected into the prestigious American Impressionistic Societys 2022 and 2023 exhibitions, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America 2023 exhibition and the Northwest Watercolor Societys International exhibition where it won 1st place in 2022. She has won the Best Landscape, Best Western, and Best Animals category awards in the Plein Air Salon Competitions and received the Hardy Gallery Peoples Choice award. Her private commissions hang in homes across the country.
A native of Door County, Wisconsin, Leline Hatch grew up on a horse farm, and her childhood imprinted her with a specific sensitivity toward animals and rural landscapes. Today, Leline Hatch lives on a dairy farm in Wisconsins Driftless region, where her family raises cows, horses and chickens, and makes artisan cheese. The rural countryside continues to be her main source of inspiration. With her art, Leline Hatch pushes pause on our distracted, modern lives, and invites us to consider overlooked moments of natural beauty. Her art makes ordinary moments, extraordinary.
Watercolor is a journey of discovery. At times its unpredictable, yet that instability is what brings magic and wonder to my canvas. For me, it is a life metaphor; a reminder that unplanned detours can bring unexpected, joyful discoveries.
I use a wet-into-wet technique that allows the water and pigments to move freely while still allowing me to steer the painting toward an established vision. This tension between spontaneity and control brings a special vitality to my process and to the paintings themselves. It allows me let go and have faith in the process while at the same time capture the important details that tell the story.
Awards, Exhibitions and Recognitions
-July 2023 – Awarded the Artist Network Merchandise Award for “Waiting Patiently” in the 4th annual Women in Watercolor International Competition
-July 2023 – Awarded as a Finalist for “Encompassing Wisdom” in the 4th annual Women in Watercolor International Competition
-July 2023 -Juried into the 4th annual Women in Watercolor International Competition for both “Waiting Patiently” and “Encompassing Wisdom”
-June 2023 – Voted into the 50th issue of The Art of Watercolor magazine
-May 2023 – Won the Outstanding Watercolor Award in the BoldBrush Painting Competition
– February 2023 – juried into the Transparent Watercolor Societys 47th annual exhibition at the Kenosha Public Museum in Wisconsin ~ show dates May 6 – August 6, 2023
– February 2023 – juried into the American Impressionist Societys Small Works Exhibition in Knoxville, Tennessee ~ show dates April 14 – May 20, 2023
– February 2023 – Featured in the American Watercolor Newsletter
– January 2023 – Invited to participate in the Just Add Water Exhibition at the Peninsula Art School in Door County, Wisconsin – show dates May 6 – July 16, 2023
– December 2022 – Won the Best Western Award in the Plein Air Salon Competition
– November 2022 – Won 1st Place in the Northwest Watercolor Societys 82nd Annual International Open Exhibition
– November 2022 – Featured in the American Watercolor Newsletter
– September 2022 – Won the Best animal Award in the Plein Air Salon Competition
– September 2022 – Featured in the American Watercolor Newsletter
– July 2022- Won the Best Landscape Award in the Plein Air Salon Competition
– April 2022 – Juried into the 2nd Annual American Impressionist Societys Associate Member Online Exhibition
– March 2022 – Voted into the 45th issue of The Art of Watercolor magazine
Gallery Representation Edgewood Orchard Gallery Fish Creek, Wisconsin