Tara Fly

Tara Fly

Cat Artist

tarafly@taraflyart.com

“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 imagined the world populated by cats who dress and act like people, but never dreamed I would become a Crazy Cat Artist!

I didn’t attend a fancy fine-art school or exhibit my paintings in galleries; 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 my destiny quite by accident after painting a portrait of my tuxedo cat, Dominic, portraying Mr. Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice”.
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 classics in the second-hand bookstore, discovering a new BBC mini-series, planning my cottage garden, and meeting all the other crazy cat people who are drawn to my art.

I consider myself very fortunate to have such an appreciative audience!  Be sure to check out my Facebook Page for my newest cat paintings, progress photos, and just to say “Hello!”

(If you’re curious to learn more, you can read the long-winded version of my story here: How Did I Begin Painting Cats?)