|About the Drew's Cats series of cat art paintings|
We always had cats when I was growing up. We doted on them and they were part of our family. When I was six years old, I began drawing. My mom and I would sit together, she drawing animals with pastels on velour and me with pencil on
paper. So began my love for art and for animals.
During my senior year in High School, I was preparing for a career in Veterinary medicine when an art teacher noticed some raw artistic talent. It was through his influence and
encouragement that I decided instead to study Fine Art at the Ringling School of Art & Design..
As a working professional I found myself painting cats from time to time out of utter fascination for the animal. But the real turning point in my direction took place about the time that my wife and I vacationed in Key West. When we got the
photos back from our trip, I was struck by a really lovely shot that Kim had taken which became my reference for Helga's Cat.
The piece proved enormously popular with jurors and art patrons alike. In order to have more people enjoy my work, we decided to spare no expense and self-publish a line of museum quality, archival prints. In 1997 my wife and I launched www.catmandrew.com, and through the Internet and my art event appearances, more and more cat lovers have found me. The series Drew's Cats has grown in the past 15 years to over 250 images in print, most available in at least three sizes. It is the largest body of work by a single artist in the world, realistically portraying the domestic pet cat in watercolor.
So many people have told me that my work captures the essence of the cat. I think I've just touched the tip of the iceberg, celebrating the cat as it really is -- a worthy subject for Fine Art.
| Hi Drew, I received your Calendar and Journal today with the personal note. Thank you so much! Lukas, who helped me open the parcel, also says “thanks” for the Styrofoam peanuts. Ollie, who has only three legs, is less prone to chasing things, but says thanks as well. And I will most certainly enjoy the Calendar and Journal. All the best, Margaret
Hi Drew, Just a quick note to let you know I just received my 4th! proof of your wonderful drawings. I think that you are so gifted and I can respect how much you love those beautiful creatures just has I have my whole life. This last drawing I just received is a likeness of my cat I lost years ago. He was such a handsome boy. I miss him to this day. Great work!! I'll be in touch. PS Thank you for the shipping discount! Take Care, Chef Christine
Hi Drew, Coincidentally, we have a male seal point Siamese named Rocky! These will make a total of 6 of your Siamese prints we have. I was excited to find color ink prints in a shop in Siesta Key while on vacation in Sarasota in June this year. We first heard of you on our vacations over the years there. We have 3 seal point Siamese: Rocky and siblings Toby and Macy. "Meezers" has a particular place of honor on our mantel over the fireplace and is my favorite. Love your Meezers! Thanks, Drew. -Renee
Hello, Mr. Catmandrew! I'm reaching out to you because a while ago (5 years or so) my dad purchased a proof #5/50 of "Oasis" from you. It's by far my favorite piece of art I own... but anyways... I lost my dad 3 years ago to cancer and I know if he was alive today he'd probably one of everything you have created. But I'd like a new print of a tabby like my cat Monte Carlo, and am currently browsing your website to find the perfect one. You're the best at your craft, and I just wanted to say thank you for making me smile everytime I look at "Oasis". You're amazing. And thank you sharing your gift with the world.