This oil painting cat study was one of the first things I painted after coming back to the mid-west after New Mexico. We had rented a house in a small town and after we moved in this old guy showed up on our doorstep. The neighbors told us a story of how the houses’ original owner had passed away suddenly and the wife sold everything grabbed the cat and moved away. Unfortunately, no one explained to the cat what was going on. So the first chance he got he walked the 30 miles back to the house. The rest of the neighborhood looked after him. He stayed with us for 3 years until he finally passed in 2009.
Boe was a natural model. Here he takes a well deserved break from modeling for me, but as you can see he was always on task. He always seemed to pick the best light and locations. I managed to grab this quick study as he took a break from his hectic schedule. Because this piece is much smaller than I usually work, this quick study, helps me unwind and change my perspective on things. Boe was one of the best relaxation Gurus I’ve ever known.