I love animals in general, but cats are my artistic muses. Felines are a perfect blend of beauty and comic relief. Their grace and aesthetic perfection inspire my artwork, and their "cattitude" provides endless material for the haiku I write.
My work is primarily collaged Asian design motifs, that are often embellished with pen and ink.
I have owned only three cats in my life. My first two cats were from a litter my neighbor's cat delivered on my bed one night. Clam was a fuzzy little gray female who never met a morsel of food she didn't like. She also rarely met a human she didn't like, and would invariably pick the most cat-averse person in the room to try to win over. Her brother Huey was a rather shy black cat with the sweetest disposition ever. He would throw himself in front of the door when I was leaving, and refuse to budge. No one could hide better than my Huey. After Clam and Huey, came Kittyboy, who just followed me home one lucky day. We rescued each other. He was old and deaf with a touch of dementia, but I got to be his person for five sweet years. At present, I have no cats of my own, but am auntie to my landlord's two cats. I live in his guest house which they view as an extension of their domain. I am their auxiliary food dispenser, and hostess to slumber parties when their dad is out of town.
Though I have no formal training in art, I have always considered myself to be a fairly creative person. For years, I have been dabbling in different mediums, and in a way, "Haiku Cats" is a synthesis of many of these different artistic explorations. This is a project that has spanned about five years, and spawned about six hundred cats, definitely giving whole new meaning to the term "Crazy Cat Lady…"
I would be a cat, of course. Why? So that I could possess effortless beauty, boundless grace, ignore all boundaries and nap whenever I damn well please.
I had the privilege of meeting C.B. (on left) and her business partner (designer/producer) Dolores Lusitana, at CatCon 2016 this year. I got a shot of them surrounded by Haiku Cats.
You can find more work by C.B. Fraser at her website: