Discovering her true passion and inspiration in mid-life, California artist Claudia Sanchez has been painting and creating ever since. Her positive attitude, perseverance, and enthusiasm all add up to one winning combination called Claudia's Cats™!
Two of her loves – color and cats – come together to create her characteristic brightly colored feline artwork. Almost always inspired by real cats, Claudia’s Cats depict cats and their personalities in various, and often humorous, situations and locations around the world. Each color-drenched fabulous feline is a character with a story – and sometimes several Claudia’s Cats team up to reveal the full tale.
Self- taught, Claudia uses her own unique mixed media style that she calls abstract realism to create her brightly colored images. Letting each cat reveal just some of their secret life and story is part of the fun she mixes into the artwork. And she adds, “My cats always have gold whiskers. They remind me of the sun and light on gloomy days." Take one cat, add pink sunglasses, a dash of humor, and the signature gold whiskers – and that’s a Claudia’s Cat.
Claudia’s Cats have enjoyed being in galleries, exhibitions and shows, and homes around the world for over 20 years. Whether a cat lover or not, collectors are inspired by Claudia’s passion as an artist and the vibrantly colored Claudia’s Cats with their amazing escapades!
I believe that I have optimized the use of my design education along with my artistic talent to create a unique painting style. Color motivates me tremendously, and in my everyday life, I am always noticing the color around me. Color is the most noticeable feature of my artwork – along with gold cat whiskers!
I love painting abstracts. However, early on in my painting career, I realized that most people needed to identify with a subject matter. That was when I began to combine my love of cats with my ‘style’ to create brightly colored, abstract cats.
Add to that a positive attitude, extreme perseverance, and a lot of enthusiasm. Conversely, art is what gets me through life’s many challenges.
My mission is this:
--To make myself and other people happy when they see my art.
--To provide those who love it with a way to own it. To that end, my work is offered on a variety of products in my studio in Santa Rosa, CA; and online in my Shopify store, and in stores around the globe.
Meet Claudia's Real Cats:
In Memory of Simba 1997-2016, Sabrina 1997-2007, and Lucy 2007-2007