Australian artist Cynthia House is known as “The Pastel Cat Artist” for her focus on animal subjects. She shares her story and invites to you visit her website for more information.
Capturing the heart of my subject is the primary focus of my art. It’s the natural world with its endless wonder, colour and incredible variety that inspires in me a fascination I’ve had since childhood.
My great love of animals, in particular cats of all sizes, motivates me to want to share what fascinates me, so having always been a creative person it’s only natural to want to paint them.
For me a painting must tell a story, have a point of view to share, touch your soul or make you feel, not just be a pretty picture. In fact I think artists are storytellers.
For a long time I painted with acrylics until I went to a pastel workshop and discovered what lovely soft animals I could create with pastels. In the past several years as I’ve taken my art more seriously I’ve been fortunate to receive some wonderful commissions for pet portraits. They have given such joy to people that I also get great satisfaction from creating them knowing just how much a dearly loved pet can mean.
American wildlife artist the great Bob Kuhn, particularly inspired me to push myself to be the best artist possible. Although I’ve always been an artistic person I wasn’t always a painter. Sculpture captivated me for many years but I eventually wanted a more immediate medium so I chose to paint and haven’t looked back, always chasing the challenges that exploring different subjects and mediums can offer.
Even though cats are my primary subject I am working towards wildlife art with a focus on the smaller lesser known endangered animals, such as the Scottish wildcat. It deeply saddens me just how many species are facing extinction so I would like to paint as many of them as I can in the hope that in some small way I can show with my paintings their extraordinary beauty and bring about awareness and appreciation of their existence.
Recently I’ve been experimenting with watercolour, creating fun little images that I sketch over with pencil after they are dry. I would like to explore art licensing of these small artworks once I have a neat portfolio of work I’m pleased with.
Having just discovered the joy of painting with oils I think I’ve found the medium I can best express myself with in the way I want, but who knows, next month I might have found something else that excites me.