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Meet Cate Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cate Brown.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I developed a love for photography at a young age. I took that interest to college, graduating from Fitchburg State in Massachusetts with a degree in Photography, before returning home to southern Rhode Island to reconnect with the coastal community.

I started to bring my love of sailing into my work by building a nautical portfolio. But I felt a dichotomous undertone in what I was photographing. I found myself almost exclusively photographing sailing during summer months and seascapes in the offseason. My work was so different in each I felt hard-pressed to choose one path or the other, to find a singular creative expression.

Over the past few years, I have embraced this dual nature to my shooting, and have found photographing a combination of marine sports and fine art seascapes does not divide my attention or draw energy from one to execute the other. Rather, they work to reinforce my view of the world, keep my vision sharp and clear, and allow play and creative exploration by bringing techniques from one genre into the other.

My work has taken me on road trips across North America, on travels through Europe, and sailing adventures in the Caribbean. Today, my portfolio of fine art is an expression of years of these coastal explorations, sailing on the bay, walking beaches, going for swims in the middle of winter, and testing the limits of my creativity. I have been awarded Second Place for my Seascape photography in the international 2015 Neutral Density Awards, the Excellence Award for my abstract work at Warwick Center of the Arts, and a Finalist in Outdoor Photographer’s American Landscape 2018 Competition, the María Luisa International 2017, and Siena International 2016 photography awards. My seascapes have found themselves displayed in exhibitions from Rhode Island to Los Angeles, New York, and Boston.

Please tell us about your art.
Driven by an equal love for the ocean and beautiful photographs, my aim as a fine art photographer is to draw you into a world defined and surrounded by sandy beaches and salty ocean waters. I use a combination of techniques from traditional digital seascape photography on tripod, aerial photography by drone, camera movements to incorporate motion into still imagery, in-water photography with a water housing for my camera, and even occasional film photography.

I hope that my photography not only invokes the smell of salt air, the sound of ocean water and sensations of salt spray, but also an appreciation and respect for our Oceans. We owe so much to the waters that have given us life, abundance and a calling for exploration and expression. The Sea inspires me to capture its likeness through creative vision, and in turn, I hope my images will motivate others to return to the Sea to find their own inspiration.

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”  –Jacques Yves Cousteau

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
My advice would be to stay true to your own inspiration and vision and be persistent. The art world can become discouraging very easily, but remember it’s all about finding the right people who appreciate your unique view of the world. Once you learn all the “rules” of your medium, go out with the intention to break them. And don’t be afraid to be your own advocate. The hardest part as artists is the constant self-promotion and self-marketing. Be a shameless self promoter, and be proud of what you have created, while always looking to improve and explore.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I currently do not have a brick and mortar storefront or regular gallery where I exhibit. I frequently participate in juried exhibitions and calls for entry throughout Rhode Island and southern New England.

For anyone looking to stay up to date with my work, I have an online Fine Art Shop for easy ordering at CateBrown.Art, as well as a complete catalog for any custom orders at I am also on social media @CateBrownPhoto and have a monthly email newsletter <>.

Image Credit:
Cate Brown

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