A while ago I was asked if a drawing I had done of my cat could be included in “The Book of the Cat”.

It was going to be by Angus Hyland and Caroline Roberts; seeking quirky art and illustrations of cats. I was so flattered to be involved in it and even more so when I saw the finished book. It has lots of famous artists including David Hockney and Andy Warhol!

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Billy the cat has a great quote next to him;

“There is no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat” -Wesley Bates

And nothing could be more true for him. He is big in stature and personality, but he also lies under radiators and in doorways; an unmovable lump!

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I really love the black and white illustrations.

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And the beautiful paintings too.

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The muse.

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He had a good read through.

After the book had been published I got an email from a man in San Francisco wanting to buy the drawing for his girlfriend; she had said to a friend if she had that hanging somewhere in the house it’d made her laugh every time she looked at it.

It seemed the perfect home for it. Billy makes me laugh so much with his ways and has brings me so much joy. I was glad my drawing did him justice enough for someone so far away to see it too!

Since then I have made more screen prints based on him, so his funny face and ways are in more homes now! And I have a diva on my hands…

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