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Cat Tesla

Catherine Tesla, commonly known as Cat Tesla, is an American mixed media artist born in St. Louis, Missouri. She started painting and doodling when she was only 3 years old. Since then she has never stopped creating. Cat has developed her art, creating several artwork pieces that have won her praises due to their richness and clever use of color. Her works are also appealing because of their fitting texture and richness in form. Cat's main subjects are landscapes and abstracts, with her artwork being influenced by her formal education in graphic design and science. It is all captured in the manner in which she divides her canvas and applies different layers and textures.
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When did you first know that you wanted to be an artist?

As a child I was always creating - drawing, painting, sculpting. I had scholarships for both art and science when I graduated from high school, but chose science over art at that time.

How would you describe the style of the art you create?

I create loose, abstracted landscapes which evoke a sense of place - a sense of the sky, land, and water. Dreamlike and atmospheric, soft and strong at the same time.

I also create nonobjective paintings that explore color, depth, and texture (which is not really much different than the landscapes). My mornings begin with mindful meditation, then to the studio to paint. Meditation centers me and I think this practice influences what I paint. Paintings are often born from the proverbial blank canvas or small thumbnail sketches. My preference is to work without an exact plan and see what happens. I think this is the best way for the truth to reveal itself.

What mediums do you use for your art?

Acrylic, oil glazes, oil pastel, and sometimes collage.

What do you enjoy most about being an artist?

Being an artist is being true to myself. Living authentically makes for a happy life.

What do you feel is your greatest strength in your art?

My paintings each have an energy about them - a feeling. This is what makes the work strong.

What is your biggest advice for aspiring and uprising artists?

Create what you're passionate about and don't let anyone stop you.

What is one thing about you that most people don't know?

I love to sing - especially swing and jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s and I'm not half-bad!

What is your favorite saying or quote?

"Do one thing every day that scares you" - Eleanor Roosevelt
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