I didn't have kitties untill Nene moved in with me. She was a real cat person whereas I only had dogs before. Not having kitties in my life didn't stop me from painting them, though. They're an irresistable subject.
In 2004 Miss Minny walked into our lives. Having a dog, birds and two guiniea pigs we weren't ready for a cat, but the universe decided we needed one, and that was that.
Miss Minny was very special and we loved her to pieces. So did Mo, our Cairn terrier. They died within a month of each other in 2007 (Mo of old age and Minny after a car accident) . That was a very rough time for Nene and me.
Zelda Mae came shortly thereafter. I found her on the internet, saw her picture and was sold!
We raised her well and now she is the scurge of the neighborhood. She loves to hang out with her best friend and neighbor kitty Baby Grizz.
Kitties inspire me a lot. They feature heavily in my work. So much so, that I filled a video with some of my favorite kitty designs.
Here are some other GCU artists inspired by their love for cats: