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Georgia came into my life when I was just coming into it myself. I was in college, and my future husband presented her to me as a birthday gift. As I held this cat on my lap for the first time, a bad-tempered, thrashing ball of fur and claws, I had more than a notion of declining the offer. But we decided to stick it out.

She turned out to be a pretty average cat. She loved to lie in the sun, and chatter at birds out the window. She chased toys on sticks and flashlight beams, and ran into the kitchen at the sound of the can opener.

Of course, she became one of the dearest friends I will ever have.

She has been there for all of my most precious moments. She was always there to sit abruptly on whatever paper I was working on for school. She was quite the art critic, tramping through my palette to track paint all over the carpet. She sat beside me on the sofa as my husband proposed to me. She came along when we bought our first house, and she was there to greet each of my children when they first arrived home, newborn and helpless. Georgia watched them grow and played with them, and tolerated their “love”.

Now she is gone, and I can’t help but feel that with her passing, so too has passed a chapter of my own life story. She will be always remembered and forever missed.

Digitally painted in Corel Painter


cat, pet, animal, calico, tortoiseshell


  • Joan A Hamilton
    Joan A Hamiltonalmost 5 years ago

    Heather- this is absolutely beautiful. Your brush strokes are wonderful. I can feel how soft she was and her loving personality comes through! The light, her playful pose, and the green background to match her eyes are all purrfect!

  • Aww, thank you Joan. It is so difficult to capture a personality in a painting. I’ve never been very good at it, but I’m pleased with the way this turned out.

    – Heather Rinehart

  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautalmost 5 years ago

    Heather, a most lovely and fitting tribute to a valued and well loved friend. The textures contrasting throughout this piece makes it stand out beautifully.

  • Thank you Carolyn, for your lovely comments.

    – Heather Rinehart

  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautalmost 5 years ago

    Chosen by our co-hosts as a Feature. Congrats Heather!

  • Awesome! Thank you so much.

    – Heather Rinehart

  • bev langby
    bev langbyalmost 5 years ago

    wow shes delightful, well painted and congrats on the feature ……

  • Thank you Bev!

    – Heather Rinehart

  • mwilneff
    mwilneffalmost 5 years ago

    Super work.Lot’s of feeling in this painting.I too have lost a friend that was company for 15 yrs. with me.Well deserved to be featured.Consider this a fave!!

  • Thank you Marty!

    – Heather Rinehart

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroalmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you Heloisa :)

    – Heather Rinehart

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, you are so talented, this is fabulous.

  • Thanks so much Lyn!

    – Heather Rinehart

  • Tash  Luedi Art
    Tash Luedi Artabout 4 years ago

    There’s nothing quite like the love and friendship of a pet. I had to nod and smile when I read about Georgia sitting on your papers and trampling paint through the carpet. My cat Klaws does the same. If only they lived as long as humans. I love the way you have created this piece – very nice :)

  • Thank you Tash, for your kind words. She was a friend like no other, and I’m grateful to have so many fond memories. It is heartening to hear from others who share similar experiences with their furry friends. I’m glad you enjoyed my piece.

    – Heather Rinehart

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