cat delett

I am a visual artist living and working in Maplewood, NJ. I was born and raised in South Jersey and has made my way all through NJ, earning a BFA from Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey) in graphic design and illustration along the way – but don’t call me a “Jersey Girl” or ask if I knows how to pump her own gas.

I work in acrylic, cut paper, and mixed media. I’ve been painting for most of my life and creating with cut paper for the past six years. My work has been exhibited in galleries and juried shows throughout New Jersey, both in group and solo shows, and is displayed in private residences across the country.

As a narrative artist, I tell a story with each piece, often leaving the story ambiguous and up to the interpretation of the observer. My goal is for you to connect with the story in your own way, with an emotional and personal reaction, whether it’s humor, melancholy, joy, nostalgia – or something else altogether. 

I would include among my influences Henri Matisse, Eric Carle, Seydou Keita, and Modigliani, as well as all the artists around me, literature, old photographs, a pervasive ennui, and a quirky sense of humor.

My collage pieces are created using paper that is first painted, then cut to the specific shapes, taking advantage of the brushstrokes, transparency, and textures of the painted paper to achieve the desired outcome. My paintings are created through complex layering, manipulation and subtraction of paint with palette knife, brush, and hands, and etching with tools.