WELCOME TO WORLD OF CHERI COTTRELL, ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN

When my children were still children, we would hunt for sea glass in the winter months. Brown and kelly green pieces were common and we rarely returned home empty handed. On a really good day we’d go home with a little cobalt blue in our pocket.

Originally from the Jersey Shore, I relocated to Cape Elizabeth in 2008 after falling in love with Maine’s coastline. I got my first taste of the Pine Tree State in 2004 when I spent a week acquainting myself with its treasured past. Each day I traveled somewhere different. From Bar Harbor to Wiscasset, Freeport and Booth Bay; I felt like I had finally come home.

I spent the better part of 30 years raising a family and taking care of my aging parents. After my mother passed, I decided to do what I always wanted to do; I wanted to create something. I wanted to develop a world in which I had always wanted to live in.

SHOP WATERCOLORS

Much like a fingerprint or rings on a tree, my style is unique to me. I am self-taught and developed my techniques by studying my favorite artists like Monet, Tasha Tudor and Beatrix Potter. While I’ve always been creative in my home, I began painting seriously eight years ago. For me, drawing fills me up completely. My preferred medium is watercolors. I love the way the light shines through on the paper and creates subtle variations of color.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kettle Cove is a world in which I would like to live in. I created Coco and Bean and the Tales of Kettle Cove with the intent of bringing back a kinder way of living, not just living simply. In Kettle Cove we think of others before ourselves and having fun doesn’t have to come at the expense of someone else. Kettle Cove is a place where “thank you,” “please,” “excuse me,” and building each other up is celebrated and not dismissed as being Pollyanna-ish.

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The Hammies live off the coast of New England in a small fishing village known as Kettle Cove in Maine. Here festivals mark the seasons and it is the little things like seaweed pudding and bonfires with friends and family that mean the most. However, it is not as quiet in Kettle cove as you might think. Boondoogles prowl the night and Skippy the Fox is always on the lookout for a good deal.