Mourning the Loss of Karl Lagerfeld with Condolences to Choupette


 “I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat.” —Karl Lagerfeld, as quoted by CNN’s Fashion Week: Backstage Pass, 2013 Fashion lost an icon this week in the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the visionary designer who reinvented the Chanel brand.  The cat world also lost one of its most ardent cat … Read More

Cats Love Without Prejudice


“Cats look beyond appearances—beyond species entirely, it seems—to peer into the heart.” —Barbara L. Diamond (Queens, New York 1939-) actor and director The capacity that cats show for love is not simply limited to their interactions with humans, as beautifully revealed in this Walter Hunt painting of a tiny kitten rubbing affectionately against a kind … Read More

“Chat Caressant” – An Artistic Expression of Feline Love in Clay


“I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.” —James Herriot (pseud. James Alfred “Alf ” Wight, Sunderland 1916-1995 Thirlby, England) veterinarian and writer I especially treasure this life-size stoneware cat created by French sculptor Jean-Auguste Dampt (see page … Read More

Caticons’ definition of love

Cat Quotes, Meowsing

As my calendar changed to February, my thoughts, as always, this time of year, turn to Valentine’s Day.  To celebrate, I will share images from my collection that best evoke “love” in its various forms.  Caticons is, above all, a book about the love of cats as expressed by painters, sculptors, writers, poets, and folk … Read More

MEWS FLASH – See Stray Cats Mini-Book!!!!!!

Cat Quotes, Meowsing, Stray Cats

I am so thrilled to announce the arrival of our Caticons mini-book Stray Cats, featuring 145 pages of “caternalia” that had to be deleted from Caticons, simply for space considerations.  Stray Cats is now available for viewing on our website There are more works by your favorite cat artists including the Queen of Cat Painters … Read More

This “Party Cat” is CATatonic!!


After parties for Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Boxing Day and all the other reasons people can come up with to overindulge, the cats and I are CATatonic!  We have wrapped presents and unwrapped presents, entertained ourselves (and others!) with balls of wrapping paper, explored gift boxes, and munched many a treat.  We are now … Read More

Caticons: The Cat in Art at SFO Museum


Artifacts from Caticons – 4,000 Years of Art Imitating Cats are on display at the SFO Museum. The exhibition explores the history of the cat and its allure through art, literature and decorative arts from around the world. Visit SFO’s International Terminal (Departures – Level 3 – Pre-Security) to see the Caticons: The Art in … Read More

My Beloved Ratty


“Sandy and Ratty on Roller-Skates,” Carolina Grönholm (Buenos Aires 1978-), 2016 mixed media on paper, 10 x 8 inches. Ratty’s lovely mother, Eleanor, showed up at the farm one June day and promptly delivered five kittens. My ginger tabby, Mr. Cyrano L. Catte I, had passed away the year before and I was delighted to … Read More