Interview with Maggie Williams of CatLady25 Etsy Shop

| September 24, 2010 | 8 Comments

Interview with Maggie Williams of CatLady25 Etsy Shop

Maggie Williams is a homemaker, artist, and cat lover.  Although her best friends are carnivores, she herself is vegetarian and fights for the rights of animals.
She lives with a blue-bicolor Ragdoll named Sunny and a black tortie female named Elsie.

Etsy Shop: CatLady25

All answers are copyright of Maggie Williams.

1. How did you get interested in cats?  How old were you when you had your first kitty?

Elsie

Elsie

Growing up I loved my dogs, but was mostly drawn to kittens for their tiny cries and very soft fur and admired the quiet and grace of adult cats. Elsie, a black haired tortie, was the first cat to own me shortly after my 21st birthday and my way of thanking her was followed by an obsession with cats.

2. How did you discover watercolors?

A few years ago, being a stay at home newlywed with a passion for crafts, I bought some cheap watercolors and poster paper and began to practice in our old apartment.

3. Do you sell your products in a local store in your area?

watercolor by maggie williamsIf given the chance, I would.  I’m looking forward to selling some pieces of mine in a diner this summer, have had 1 item for sale in the Carnegie Art Gallery, and one’s currently for sale at my framer’s shoppe.

4. Have you been successful at selling your watercolors?

watercolor by maggie williamsSure, but in this economy it’s a little harder than I’d like.  I’ve sold a couple.

5. What is your favorite subject to paint?

Long-haired tomcats.  Didn’t have to think twice about that one, but birds have beautiful colors and are enjoyable to paint as well.

6. Do you have a blog?

No, but I’d be glad to have one here.

7. Do you do custom ordering?  In other words, can someone send you a picture of their kitty and then you can make a watercolor painting for them? Can someone return it if they don’t care for it?

Sunny, Maggie's <a href=

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Absolutely they can.  I will be glad to paint your current cat, Ragdoll cat or dog.  Just send me a photo of what you’d like done.  That’s what I ask on my shop at Etsy.

I’d even do so as a memorial for a deceased pet…

Although I do my best to paint to likeness, realism is a difficult style to accomplish with watercolors. If they weren’t happy with it, they could send it back for refund.

8. Can you share a story with us behind any of your products that you especially enjoyed working on?  Maybe because of the story behind the kitty?

Tucker

Tucker

Tucker a ginger tom, currently for sale at my Etsy shop, was fun to paint.  He’s a neighborhood roamer and had been gone for months while I started on him. It was comforting, and since he wasn’t around for a visit, I settled for painting my familiar friend instead.

Sunny, my Ragdoll tomcat was also fun, especially because he recognized himself after I was finished.  It really fluffed his mane.  =^.^=

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Maggie says:

    Hi Jenn… Thanks 🙂
    I’m a vegan now and tried to make the cats that way, but they really dislike the smell of the vegan kibble. I’m not so sure it’s the healthiest thing for our obligate carnivores anyway.

  2. olene mccoy says:

    hi maggie, im an owner of two cats now, but i was interested in the first pic you showed of the tortie, i have tortie named katy, she has breast cancer, and the doc gave her up to two years and i know he is just guessing, could you paint a pic of her if i sent you one, and how much would it be? I had a tortie once before, she died of cancer, i had a river rock made in her image, but i think a painting would be better. thank you olene

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Olene 🙂
      I’m so sorry about your baby Katy. Please do send me a pic via email at
      sunnyandelsie@msn.com
      The watercolor of Sunny sold a few weeks ago for $400 and it was about 2 ft by 2 1/2 ft professionally framed and matted. If I were to send a watercolor of Katy to you professionally framed and ready to hang, you would probably want the plexy “glass” instead of real glass as it might shatter in shipping. Just something to think about while you find me a photo of Katy.
      Take Care,
      Maggie

  3. olene mccoy says:

    maggie , i wrote earlier about my cat katy, the tortoise shell cat, she had breast cancer, i had to have her put to sleep last wednesday, and it was so hard to do this, i miss her so much. We talked about an oil painting without the frame i think, Do you still have the pic where she was laying on the blue bench? Please contact me so we can discuss this. thanks olene mccoy

  4. Maggie says:

    Hi Olene, I’m so sorry… Yes I have that photo of her on a blue bench where it looks like she’s sniffing the camera… I can do a small (appx 10″ X 12″), or a medium (about a 15″ X 20″) or even an entire sheet of watercolor paper at 22″ X 30″ frameless.
    The prices depend on how much time I put into it and what kind of watercolor paper you want me to use. The best paper is around twenty dollars a sheet.

  5. olene mccoy says:

    Maggie, hi, i will get back to you right after christmas, im having a hard time dealing with this. How old is your tortie. thanks. olene

    • Maggie says:

      Ok that’s fine… well she’s half as old as Katy was at five… I declawed her as a kitten bc she’s got a wild side. now i’m worried about her front leg joints bc of her toes being gone. i been worried about that for years with her actually but she lost weight so that takes some worry off me. we switched her to an indoor formula (both of them) and he lost weight as well; another plus for his joints. he is 4.
      Merry Christmas

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