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