Odin Kaeselau Smith is a native Cape Cod artist whose studio is currently located in Harwich, MA, as well as under
the open skies as an avid plein air painter.
Odin’s paintings are frequently inspired by the beautiful Cape Cod images that have imprinted themselves on her
senses since she was a very small child. She enjoys portraying subjects in a manner that fills them with light, energy,
emotion and life. Her choice of subject matter often shifts as she moves through life. As her view of the world
expands, she chooses subjects that reflect her desire for peace, love for the beauty of nature, and even her quirky
sense of humor.
Odin comes from an artistically talented family. She has a strong connection to her family’s roots which stem from
the heart of the Provincetown art colony, in the days of Charles Hawthorne. The influence can be seen in her work,
including the subjects she chooses to paint, the colors she most enjoys using and her painting style. She is the
granddaughter of the late Charles Anton Kaeselau, a Provincetown artist, who holds an important place in the Cape’s
art history, and her paternal grandmother, Marguerite Benjamin Kaeselau was also an accomplished artist and
illustrator. Odin's grandparents have always been an inspiration and influence in her life. Her 5 growing sons also
show artistic promise in many ways.
Odin Smith is an acrylic, pastel and watercolor artist who believes that each painting or illustration is a discovery
and education in itself, and is always open to new ideas. As an art instructor, she has been able to share the
experience and enjoyment of her own artistic exploration. She has won several awards, and has shown in many juried
exhibitions, including the PPSCC National Juried Exhibition, the “Women Creating” show held at the Cahoon Museum
of American Art, the Leo Diehl Exhibition, and the All Cape Cod Art Show to name a few. Her work has shown at the
State House in Boston, MA, as well as the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Mrs. Smith has mentored in the Student-Mentor
Program through the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and was selected by the CCMA to participate in their prestigious
annual auction for many years. She is also a professional illustrator, with experience in magazine and book cover
illustration. Odin is a Past-President and continued member of the Guild of Harwich Artists, a member and faculty of
the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, MA, and an Artist Member and faculty of the Cape Cod Art Association, in
Barnstable, MA. She also supports the next generation of artists as a member of the Harwich High School Friends of
the Arts, in Harwich MA, where she was Artist in Residence for 6 years.
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