This week we are interviewing Cat Painter Jess Doutrich. We discovered Jess's colorful creations at CatCon LA this year. Her work just makes us smile. We hope it makes you smile too. Read on to discover how cats inspire her work.
Cats are the main inspiration for my paintings. I had a very special cat who “adopted” my family. Really! He just walked into our house one summer day and decided to keep us. His name was Abraham, and he would follow me everywhere. His amazing personality was the original inspiration for my work.
For my paintings, I work with acrylic on canvas. When it comes to sketching and line art, I work with a black Paper Mate flair pen on paper.
I’ve been drawing & painting cats for about 10 years now, as a self-taught painter. I like to think I got my start in high school French class. I used to draw cats on the side of my study guides, acting out various French phrases. My teacher really encouraged me to continue with it all, and I’m so glad she did. I am also a professional product designer, graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in Industrial Design. I currently design fashion accessories when I’m not painting cats ;).
I have an awesome little rescue cat named Jax. I adopted him when I lived in Minnesota, and I’m pretty sure he was raised by dogs. He plays fetch and likes to chase me around my apartment mostly. He’s quite a character!
My favorite piece to date is one of my “City Kitty” paintings. I started out with this concept of the cat who lives in the city, and each one in the series continues the theme, but with different coloration and mood. For some reason, I’m a little obsessed with the idea, but I just go with it.
I also do custom cat portraits. You can find more info & details on my website.
Also, visit Jess at:
Instagram : jd_catpaintings
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