8 of Kitty Curator’s Favorite Cat Artists

Since I began blogging this past year, it’s been such a joy to discover cat inspired artwork all over the world. I am amazed every day by the unending inspiration that the feline form (and temperament!) provides.

Although I love so much of the art I find, certain cat artists quickly became favorites – and a few became long-distance friends! There is a bond among cat lovers regardless of country or language – and art is the bridge.

I thought I would share eight of my favorite artists here on Katzenworld so more people could be introduced to their wonderful work. My mission for Kitty Curator is to raise the visibility of living artists so they can continue their craft. Art is essential to life and we must support our artists. Especially fellow cat lovers!

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do you have a favorite cat artist, on this list or otherwise? Are you an artist inspired by cats?

 

Denise Laurent

Denise has a prolific collection of cats in oils, mixed media and watercolor. She makes prints and cards from her paintings as well as bags, scarves, pillows and gorgeous brooches. She says, “I have a passion for animals and I love painting them. I enjoy trying to capture their personalities, that quirky essence that makes each one an individual. I am intrigued by the way they interact with the world, each animal has its own unique perspective on life which demands to be captured in paint.” She also supports a number of animal charities in the UK. For a fascinating interview of her inspiration and process, visit Jackson’s Art.

To purchase her art, visit The Painted Cat or her Etsy shop.

Pretty in Blue by Denise Laurent

Dora Hathazi-Mendes

Dora Hathazi-Mendes paints with bright, vibrant colors, drawing inspiration from organic and geometric forms, as well as the Art Nouveau Movement. Her growing cat-inspired collection is truly unique and eye-catching. Dora graduated at Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design MOME Budapest, Hungary in 2002 as Textile Designer specialized in handwoven textiles. While establishing a family and living abroad in four countries – Romania, Poland, Portugal and Malawi – Dora began to expand her repertoire. “I started to paint again, and to take photographs during the journey about everything I came across while encountering different cultures. My main inspiration was my cat, as well other animals, wildlife, nature, and historical buildings, landscape, and people.” To learn more about Dora, check out my blog: Artist Dora Hathazi Mendes and Her Muse, Rebeka the Cat.

To purchase her art, visit Fine Art America or Zazzle.

Blue Cat with Goldfish by Dora Hathazi Mendes

Nicole Piar

Nicole has a style of watercolor painting that makes one yearn to enter her magical world. In addition to her numerous watercolors, she recently created a remarkable Spirit Cats Inspiration Deck, offers cat paintings by commission and is working on a children’s book. Nicole received her BA in Art from Yale University and went on to illustrate and design for the gift, paper, home decor, publishing, and apparel sectors for the last 10 years. Her art has graced products sold everywhere from large retailers to small boutiques and museum shops.

To purchase her art, visit Nicole’s website or her Society6 shop.

Stargazer Cat Vision Seeker by Nicole Piar 

Raphaël Vavasseur

Inspired by his three cats and his home in Normandy, Raphaël paints unique images using acrylic that somehow combine comic book influences and fantasy elements. Check out these great interviews on Catster and The Conscious Cat. I loved this quote in particular: “For me the cat is a magic creature, so fantasy backgrounds are simply the best framework for the cat subject.” He is truly a talented cat artist. His warm nature comes through in every painting.

To purchase his art, visit his Etsy shop, Ebay page or Society6 shop.

Spring Love by Raphael Vavasseur

Tascha Parkinson

Tascha is an urban primitive folk artist. Sweet-faced girls, cats, dogs and other colorful images fill her canvases and are sure to bring a smile to your face! She uses a variety of mediums – watercolor, acrylic, among others. She is a Canadian artist who graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Tascha’s been selling her art via the internet since 2001 to collectors all over the world. She also teaches online art classes. For more information about this cat artist, check out her blog.

To purchase her art, visit her Etsy and Society6 shops.

Frida with New Black Cat by Tascha Parkinson  

Terry Runyan

Terry’s quirky cats, geometric patterns and pleasing color palettes come together to create a visual delight. A graduate of San Jose State University in Design and Illustration, Terry was recruited by Hallmark in 1986 and just recently retired to pursue her personal work full-time. A few years ago, she began drawing on the side and it grew into the prolific collection now on Society6. For more insights into her process and inspiration, read these interviews on Cat Lady Confidential and Fishink Blog. Although Terry’s work covers many subjects, cats are frequently featured. She says, “My two greatest inspirations are my kitty friends Rylee and Tucker! They spend their days sleeping on my studio table and occasionally sneak their ‘hands’ into my work. They keep me on my toes!”

To purchase her art, visit Terry’s Society6 shop.

Curly Paws by Terry Runyan 

Bernadette Kazmarski

Where to begin describing the prolific cat artist Bernadette Kazmarski? Whether you call her a writer, illustrator, photographer, designer, or painter – she is most definitely a cat artist. She says, “I have my cats to thank for being an artist. When, as an adult, I chose to pick up a pencil and paper and put them together, it was because images of my cats kept appearing in my thoughts as pencil drawings and paintings and I decided to draw what I was envisioning.” Be sure to follow her blog, The Creative Cat, which features daily articles and stories of feline health, welfare and adventures plus a daily sketch and a daily photo of her cats literally from the studio.

To purchase her art, visit Bernadette’s website, Portraits of Animals.

We’re Going Outside Right by Bernadette Kazmarski 

Diane Hoeptner

Diane Hoeptner’s cat paintings are ethereal – capturing that inherent feline mystery. I also love the textures and patterns that often appear as the background. Diane has been featured in Modern Cat Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine and Cat Art Show L.A. Many of her subjects are initially photographed at the Cleveland Animal Protective League. She says, “Cats bring personality and movement. I discovered this when I started painting my own cats who are perfect embodiments of sweetness and snark. They are enigmatic little beasts, the kind who never smile.” Check out this lovely interview from the popular blog, And My Cat.

To purchase her art, visit Diane’s blog or Fine Art America.

Eye on Butterfly by Diane Hoeptner

Cara Imperato is the Kitty Curator. She wanders the world wide web in search of cat-inspired art & handmade goods by indie artists and makers. Whether you’re seeking a unique cat lover gift or a place to share your own kitty creations, join the Kitty Curator community for daily features and curated collections. Subscribe at KittyCurator.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Purrfect Handmade Gift Wrap for Cat Lovers

Purrfect Handmade Gift Wrap for Cat Lovers

I’m a bit of a stationery junkie, I’ll admit it. I have way more wrapping paper, gift tags and note cards than any human would ever need. I thought I’d put my obsession to good use and share a few favorites from my overflowing Pinterest board of cat-themed wrapping accessories.

These handmade gift papers, tags or boxes will add the purrfect feline touch to make the gift even sweeter. The artists I’ve featured below have hand drawn, hand printed, and hand stamped a variety of patterns – from quirky to elegant to rustic – making it easy and fun to find just the right wrapping to suit your gift recipient’s personality. Plus, it’s a great way to support independent artists and makers (who also love cats)!

Let me know your favorites in the comments. Oh and let me know if you have any tips for wrapping presents without your cat “helping.” I haven’t figured that out yet…

Papergirl Designs│Illustrated Cat Gift Wrap, Cards & Tags

Paper Girl

Carolyn Clingman is the “Papergirl” behind Papergirl Designs. She offers fun pet-themed wrapping paper, greeting cards and gift tags that will warm any animal lover’s heart. Papergirl Designs donates proceeds and products to several pet organizations annually. Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

A Paper Affaire │Paper Cat Gift Box & Tag

This adorable gift box measures 3.25 x 3 inches. It’s too small for a gift card, but would be perfect for jewelry or small candies. I bet if you contacted the owner, Holly Havnaer, she could make something custom! Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

Sea Bay Shop│Illustrated Cat Gift Wrap

I fell in love with this quirky blue cat illustration, but there are several other colors and variations! Chelsea Bayouth is the artist behind Sea Bay Shop, and these unique gift wrap designs are (as she says) “straight out of my sketchbook!” Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

Egg and Spoon Studio│Hand Drawn Cat Gift Box

These cute Kraft boxes are decorated with a hand printed black, white or ginger cat face, featuring hand drawn details. They measure approximately 8 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm and come with a removable foam pad and a small sheet of  tissue paper. Visit their Etsy shop to purchase.

Sea Urchin Studio│Illustrated Cat Gift Wrap

A set of three rolled sheets of gift wrap, illustrated with happy, colorful cats. Printed in full color on thick, luxurious paper. Sara is an illustrator from Connecticut whose “whimsical designs celebrate the magical thinking of childhood.” These happy cats certainly fit that description! Visit her Handmade at Amazon shop to purchase.

Catscrappin│Muslin Cat Gift Bags

This rustic muslin bag measures approx. 3″ x 4″‘ and has double thick draw strings. Each bag is hand stamped by the owner, Lana Searfoss, so each one is unique. Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

The Barefoot Printer│Hand Stamped Cat Gift Wrap

This set includes wrapping paper, two gift tags and  twine. The paper is hand printed by Lorna Roberts, who also uses her own rubber stamps that she has carefully and lovingly carved out. There are a few variations on this print. Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

Bibury Paper │Gift Topper

How cute is this? A kitten plays with a red string ball to add an adorable touch to your gift. Kitten measures approximately 2 3/4″ x 4″. One yard of string on either side gives you two yards total. Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

Cara Imperato is the Kitty Curator. She wanders the world wide web in search of cat-inspired art & handmade goods by indie artists and makers. Whether you’re seeking a unique cat lover gift or a place to share your own kitty creations, join the Kitty Curator community for daily features and curated collections. Subscribe at KittyCurator.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.