Artists have been painting cats since the dawn of civilization. They are the subject of legend and are a favorite subject of artists and writers.
Even though I’ve painted more than a few cats myself, I don’t own a cat, although I was caretaker for my daughter’s aged cat for several years, and even rescued a stray* once. When they passed, I wasn’t compelled to acquire another. You see, I’m a dog person at heart.
However, I greatly admire the legions of cat artists. Painting cats requires an uncanny ability to capture the intransigent tranquility of cats. Again, I’m a dog person.
“What greater gift than the love of a cat.” ~ Charles Dickens
The beautiful painting at right was done by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of my favorite artists and a renowned leader of the Impressionist movement. He enjoyed depicting his friends and lovers with expressive candor, conveying a youthful exuberance and intimate charm focusing on the here and now of his time. His portrayal of luminous color, skillfully varied brushstrokes, nuances of light and shadow all worked together to form a warm sensuality. (art.com-woman-with-a-cat).
*My stray inspired several versions of Cat on Blue.
Here are a few feline artists that have inspired me over the years:
A classically trained Russian artist inspired by Impressionism. She paints in vibrant colors and textures. I love her watercolor cats.
She inspired several of my cat paintings including:
Her imaginative feline artwork are phenomenally popular the world over. Her artwork graces calendars, greeting cards, and ceramics. She Britain’s most beloved wildlife artist.
She inspired several of my paintings, including:
Commissioned Portraits of Lucy, gifts for a cat loving friend!
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A leading watercolor painter in Montana and the nation. She doesn’t just paint cats, but her cats, including lions, are colorful and charismatic.
Some of my cat paintings include: