I never really made a conscious decision to paint oil paintings of cats. In fact, Ray, our cat, is the first cat that I’ve ever had the pleasure of being the mom of. So I find it fascinating that I love him so much- enough to take some paint and get him on canvas.
We adopted Ray in March 2017, and our lives changed. I heard that pets are good for mental health issues, but never in my wildest and manic dreams could I imagine that something so small and quiet, could bring me such peace and joy.
Well, except for my kiddies and husband of course! 😉
Ray was quite a wild child in the beginning when we lived in Saldanha. He was constantly getting into fights with the other badass cats on the streets.
I assume he was a good fighter.
But now that we live in Mosselbay, he seems to have a sense of calm about him. In the first few weeks of moving in, we sat on the window sills and slept there, listening to the sound of the sea.
He still has a bit of a wild side as on some evenings I can hear he is causing nonsense with other cats, but his attitude has changed. Maybe he’s growing up. I’m not sure, but I wanted to capture his confidence and that sense of “I’m the boss, look at me.”
I’m sure if I gave him a chance and the right bits, he would roar. Wouldn’t that be a sight to see and hear!
After my painting of Ray where he stares at my empty glass (one painting that speaks about my journey of being a recovering alcoholic), I decided to make him one of my subject matter. There are more works you can have a look at in my store! 🙂
His meow-moments are so precious to me!