Just finished this commission piece of Galaxy the bengal cat. She was one of the first bengal cats in South Africa and was a show winner in her time. She was already sixteen years old when the photo I used as reference for this portrait was taken, but still an absolutely stunning cat. She passed away many years ago, and her owner commissioned the portrait in memory of her.
I had a wonderful client for this piece who told me to take as much time as I needed. I created this portrait little by little over a few months, in between other pieces. Taking time with a piece really gives you a chance to fall in love with it, to look at it a lot, make small adjustments that improve the overall look here and there.
No piece is ever ‘perfect’, that’s part of what makes it art, and I was by no means trying to achieve hyper realism in this piece. What I wanted was a distilled essence of Galaxy, a sense of who she was. It feels complete, and I am happy.