Cat paw print

Cats are at the top of my list of favorite subjects to paint. I was born into a family where cats were present in the home, they’ve always been there. I have never been without them, I can’t imagine it. A house is not a home without cats.

Oscar all tucked in. I even knitted that blanket for him.

When I was very young I tried dressing them up in doll clothes and put them in a baby carriage. I realized quickly that they didn’t like that much, so I did not persist. But I do think that I played with cats much more that dolls.  I can’t find any photos of me with them from that time. I will keep looking and update this post when I find them.

Cat paw print2

Cats were my friends, my babies, they greeted me when I came home, they comforted me when I was sick.  Rain or shine, day or night, they were always there and always in a good mood, that’s pretty remarkable, I guess cats have always been my rock, I depend on them, they are my best friends. Little did I know I was a cat lady in the making.

Greta and Oscar
Me at age 19 with Oscar.


I do all kinds of different styles of cats in my art. I have digitally created drawings where I use a tablet with a pen tool to draw on the computer. I do cartoony looking cats, cat silhouettes, cat monograms, designs and patterns with cats and I even did a cool American Cat Flag,  But for this post, I am going to showcase my cat portraits and I will tell you how to order one if you’d like.


Like any artist I think I have gotten better through the years, but my love for animals has always given my paintings that deeper meaning, a glimmer of the soul comes through their eyes. I connect with their spirit, they are with me as I paint them. If you are among those who believe that we are all connected and that the spirit travels and is present everywhere all at once, and can be summoned by thought, then you understand how I connect with my subjects while I paint them. They can be alive with you now or over the rainbow bridge, and I can connect with them just the same. You see, I love animals so deeply, it just comes natural to me to connect with them this way.

Here is a sampling of cat portraits that I have painted.  These portrait photos are not in any particular order of when they were done.

I do cat portraits from your photos. You can order an 11″ x 14″ custom portrait of a your cat in my Etsy shop .

Larger sizes are available too and I also offer gift certificates email me questions.

Greta & Ferrell 7-15-09
Ferrell and me in 2009

Here’s the process:

Your portrait will be painted with acrylic paint on stretched canvas.

Custom work will be completed and shipped within 3-4 weeks of receiving good photos of your pets to work from.

A good photo is taken at eye level without a flash. If the pose you want is not bright and clear enough to see your pets eyes, you may submit additional photos.  Each additional pet in the same painting is $25. extra.  Your pets do not have to be in the same photo, I can put them together.

At the start, I will email you a basic sketch for your approval of the pose and placement.
I will send progress photos as I paint to keep you informed.

Once the portrait is completed, I will get your input to make sure I have captured your cat’s likeness before mailing.

PABLO & GRETA 9-2005
Pablo and me in 2005

Thank you for reading my blog. I will do more cat content very soon.






Published by Paintings by gretzky

My name is Greta Milan, I sign my art work gretzky... It's just a nick name. I am a visual artist, I paint with acrylics on canvas, I also enjoy creating digital art and mixing the two mediums. My interests include custom pet portraits, tropical landscapes and vibrant colorful non-subjective abstract paintings and patterns. I am also a artist of good healthy food. I am mostly vegan. I love cooking and I believe that healthy eating does not mean deprivation and sacrifice. I have found ways to make all of my favorites without using hydrogenated oils, processed sugars, preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, etc. In my home we eat vegan pizza, burgers, fries and chocolate shakes, in a healthy version of comfort food. I will be blogging all of my recipes here and I will discuss tips on healthy living for the mind, body and soul.

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