In my painting, both the black cat and the ocicat have green eyes. The ocicat's eyes are a cheerful, bright green. The black cat's eyes seem mysterious, perhaps dangerous. Could it be that the black cat is the wild cat in my neighborhood? Or in yours?
People regularly ask me how I came up with the name for my online studio. Did I have an ocicat, they asked. No, but I've had a couple of tabbies.
The ocicat has markings similar to those of an ocelot, which is a wild
cat. Despite its appearance, though, the ocicat is a tabby, one of the sweetest domestic cat breeds.
I consider myself something of an ocicat,
much friendlier and cuddlier than I look. More domestic. Not so wild. I also (and this clinches it) have green eyes.
Perhaps I should start telling people that my nickname is Tabby. Which would make me (drum roll, please) Tabby Cates. " Is that spelled C-A-T-S?" I'll be asked. "No," I'll reply. "It's C-A-T-E-S, like the pickles." If I'm in my second home state, North Carolina, they'll understand.
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I love creating art, because it takes me into that eternal space in which the stresses of time drop away. Ah, to dwell always in that space!
My mother, who was an artist, taught me drawing when I was a girl. Growing up, I spent much of my time drawing and painting, both at home and at school, winning a number of school honors.
I've created art in pastels, ink, mixed media, textile arts, oils, acrylics and digitally. I've been a photographer for 30 years.
I am also a playwright and composer, as well as a fiction and non-fiction writer.
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"It is never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot, pen name of Mary Ann Evans.