Odin Kaeselau Smith is a native Cape Codder who resides in Harwich, MA. She is a professional artist and instructor, as well as a mother of 5 sons, who uses her “spare” moments to capture time, light and emotion through her artwork.
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, 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, who worked in book and advertisement illustration. Odin’s grandparents have always been an inspiration and influence in her life. Her growing children also show artistic promise.
Odin Smith is a pastel, acrylic 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 experience an enjoyable way to share her 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. Mrs. Smith has mentored in the Student-Mentor Program through the Cape Cod Museum of Art and has been hand 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, an instructor, and a member of the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, MA, and an instructor and Juried Artist Member of the Cape Cod Art Association, in Barnstable, MA. She also supports the next generation of artists as a member of the Friends of the Arts, in Harwich MA, and has joined Harwich High School as their “Artist in Residence.”