Cat the Bush Doctor by secretplanet

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charcoal on bristol paper.. supposed to be a quick 2 hour sketch, but more like about 6!

named for his yellow eyes, which he insists are a very pale hazel, Cat appears as a little wild boy of about 3 years who lives on a mysterious island in another realm.
Cat has lived alone on his island for years (many more than 3!) and he knows all it’s gifts & quirks. there are certain powerful places, medicinal herbs, & regenerative foods to be found there & Cat, a bush doctor, is a wealth of knowledge. it’s a very rejuvenating place to be shipwrecked occasionally!

i used to think i was weird: a woman with kids still going round with a head full of characters & stories! then i joined Deviant Art, which led me to Red Bubble, & I realised it’s those people who don’t have stories in their heads who are the weird ones!


child, deserted island, elf, faery, herbs, medicine, wild boy

“Ria Gilham is a self taught artist with a remarkable eccentric realist style influenced by her medical training. Expressing her love of fantasy and tales of the imagination, her paintings appear as scenes from yet to be written legends.”
Betty Nolan, Nolan Art Hobart Tasmania

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  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous painting! Love the story to go with it.

    I think you’re right, the people with no stories in their head are the weird ones…. :-)

  • thanx! took a while to pluck up the courage..

    – secretplanet

  • Kostas Koutsoukanidis
    Kostas Koutsou...almost 4 years ago

    This is absolutely fantastic piece, I love it.

  • thankyou so much!

    – secretplanet

  • donnamalone
    donnamalonealmost 4 years ago


  • thanx!

    – secretplanet

  • TabithaJones
    TabithaJonesalmost 4 years ago

    just gorgeous!!

  • thanx! cute little doctor..

    – secretplanet

  • MelDesign
    MelDesignalmost 4 years ago

    I love it!!!

  • :-D thanx!

    – secretplanet

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations,and thanks so much for sharing this Art with us kids.

  • thankyou so much! looks like it’s been a great week: there are some beauties being featured today!

    – secretplanet

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous charcoal drawing! Love the eyes especially, and the fantastic story with the artwork. Congrats on the well deserved feature with this magical work!

  • thankyou! i think my brain would’ve exploded if i hadn’t put him on paper!

    – secretplanet

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesalmost 4 years ago

    Yours looks as though there is a story to it..We have stories going in the group in the forum under redbubble stories if you would like to add it of start it which ever.Would love to see this one grow.

  • jimfoutch
    jimfoutchalmost 4 years ago


  • thankyou so much! :-D

    – secretplanet

  • CeriseNoire
    CeriseNoirealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful! x

  • thankyou! :-D

    – secretplanet

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