“The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters…” ~ Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
…. and thus, I paint cats wearing clothes. ;)
I have always seen the world as being populated by cats pretending to be people, so it seems only natural that I would one day become a crazy cat artist!
However, I didn’t attend any art schools, and in fact, I never intended to become a visual artist at all. I studied performance art/theatre and aspired to a career as a stage actress… and more realistically, I planned to open my own retail business: a bakery, perhaps a bookstore, or a jazzy combination of both.
While learning the ins-and-outs of retail management, I stumbled upon this new path quite by accident, after painting a portrait of my grouchy tuxedo cat, Dominic, as Mr. Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice”. Curious to see where it led, I continued painting cat characters inspired by my love of literature and history, and also began accepting cat portrait commissions.
Inspiration for my cat paintings comes from everywhere… digging through the the dusty shelves in secondhand bookstores in search of out-of-print favorites, discovering a BBC period drama that I haven’t yet watched, squeezing as many plants into my cottage garden as possible, and meeting all of the crazy cat people who are captivated by my art!