“La Cat” is multi-talented in art, music and dance residing in Santa Monica, Calif. She has a Bachelors of Art degree, (dual major) in Fine arts/Dance from California State University of Northridge and a graduate of Los Angeles Music Academy in vocals and percussion. Cat’s original paintings of watercolors, oils, acrylics and collages are a diary of her emotional experiences in life. The work is an expression of images of her inner subconscious world. Her artwork is free flowing, rich in color, strong compositions of movement and often involving the figure.
In Cat’s Words… Who gave me the confidence to live an artist life was Tibor Jankay, 1899-1995, a Hungarian painter, whom resided in Venice, Ca. I first met him in an artist gathering. We had many conversations about being an artist and living the artist life. He told me one story of how he survived, when he was taken prisoner, on a train ride to Auschwitz in WWII. He carved a hole in the train floor with a hammer and chisel. He said he always kept with him because he was an artist. Once he escaped, Tibor drew portraits of farmers. Moving from farmhouse to farmhouse he slowly made his way back to Hungary. He found his wife there and moved to America. Tibor said being an artist saved his life.He inspired me to make a commitment to be an artist. He showed me ideas about color, style and composition. Tibor said to be hungry to create was a good thing.“When the artist is content they will not create.... it is this uneasy feeling that keeps the process to create alive.” His wisdom and commitment inspired me. I’ve remained on the creative path ever since. My favorite painter is Matisse. I like his child like style and the bright colors. I also am very influenced by ‘Ethnic art’. Much of these art forms are used as a way of life. The function could be for magic, ritual, celebration etc. incorporated with music and dance. I feel our lives and the creation of the arts are all connected.I believe this is what art truly is, functioning for us so we stay in balance with the mystic side of our consciousness (the subconscious). Art is the bridge that connects our intellect to the abstract mystic side of our human existence. Man’s creative ideas are sparked in this abstract part of us. Art expresses the future, past lives, events of the subconscious and the environment around us, I believe. I also loved Modern Art. Modern Art allows the spectator freedom to participate in the interpretation of the artwork. I like this freedom as I like feeling free. I believe art has purpose and it is alive. For this reason I respect art as I respect all living things. So I express myself visually in accordance to what was and is happening in my life. As a child I spent much of my time with nature in the Santa Monica Mountains and the Southern California coastline, from Malibu surfrider beach to Trancas. When I moved to the city I never lost my sense of this connection to mother nature. I am a dancer and musician/vocalist, working professionally in both fields. I also teach children and adults dance. My visual art was not something I pursued for money. Happily, I have still have numerous sales and consignments for my artwork. Times have changed so I am now pursuing certifications in animation and visual development at Media Arts Center at Santa Monica College. In my heart, I am an Urban Shaman. One definition of a shaman is certain individuals that are believed to be gifted with access to an invisible spiritual world. I bring this invisible world into this earthly realm with fine art, dance and music. It has been an journey of learning about my internal being. I think we all have our universes within. This makes us ‘one’ with all things. These realms are vital for the weaving of our outside worlds. These internal universes is far more vast and takes much contemplation to decipher then our external existence. I do believe that this part of us has huge influences on our daily lives.