Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays

No one can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody.

My wish is for peace on earth. :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Ready for the Holidays?

I just finished 3 paintings for the Alabama Power Company for their permanent collection - yay! Time to clean up the studio and bake some holiday cookies. I'll admit I have a MAJOR sweet tooth so am looking forward to the latter. . .

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

From the Studio

Largely influenced by falling leaves, I just finished this commission for a medical center in Oklahoma. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Plaza Art Fair

Kansas City is a great location for an art show. The Plaza Art Fair was fabulous! I got a chance to reconnect with many art collectors including Kathy Delia (pictured here with me). Thanks to all the people who made my show successful and touched my life.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kansas City - - here I come!

I'm so excited to be returning to the Plaza Art Show in Kansas City! I was an alternate and just got called. Please come see me - booth #102!

Info on the show:

Here's one of my latest landscapes entitled "New Horizons". The paint is almost dry on several other paintings - please check my website on Tuesday to view images of what I'll be bringing to the Plaza.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

September Rose

Just when I thought the garden was beginning to rest for fall, Mother Nature surprises me with another round of fresh blooms on my Peace rose. What a beauty! Almost inspires me to consider painting a floral still life. . .

Sunday, August 23, 2009

From the Studio

Here's one of the paintings I'll be taking with me to a show in Chicago this weekend, entitled "Exhale". For those in the Highland Park area, I hope to see you there!

For info on the show, visit:

Friday, August 21, 2009

My Dog is a Farter

The past 2 weeks I've been painting away in my studio - finishing 3 commissions, several pieces for a new gallery (more on that later :), and getting ready for a show next weekend. It's a busy time, and I'm grateful for it.

While in the studio my dog Ruby is usually there napping. Occasionally she gets up to take a stretch and go outside through her little doggie door. As it turns out, I began to smell something not so pleasant one morning. . .and then turned to see Ruby slinking out her door! Could it be that she knows when she farts? A few minutes later she peaked her head in and I gave her the "OK" to return.

It happened again a few days later. What can I say? My dog is a farter. Now if I can just get her to leave before she does it again. . .

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summertime in New York

My husband and I visited New York city a few weeks ago. And, as usual, NY doesn't disappoint. Full of life and interest (including those colorful characters on the subway), we enjoyed great weather and as much art as we could fit in. From Chelsea to the Met and MOMA, the immersion was a treat. Here we are on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a sunny afternoon.

Music was a big part of our focus as well, where we saw an organ demonstration at St. John the Divine cathedral, a couple of Broadway shows, and an evening of jazz at MOMA.
If you're looking for a get-away to feed the senses, New York is the place.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Dog Days of Summer

This year's 4th of July was a-mazing! The heat wave in Atlanta actually lifted for a couple of days - just in time to enjoy the fireworks without melting. I don't know about you, but summer is flying by. I've had ups including great art shows in Philadelphia (Rittenhouse Square), Virginia Beach (Boardwalk Art Show), and Memphis (Perry Nicole Fine Art Gallery).

And I've had downs. I began volunteering for hospice last August, and my patient died a few weeks ago. Working with the family for 10 months, I watched as death came slow and deliberate. It was heavy. It was also a privilege to spend time with this family. Society puts so much emphasis on our entrance - the birth of a child. What about our exit? One thing I've learned: hospice is a service that supports the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the dying. Hospice makes walking through the exit door comfortable and dignified. For more info on hospice, check out this website:

As Abraham Lincoln said " in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Here's hoping you're living life fully. . .

Monday, June 1, 2009

Studio Visit Magazine

The Spring 2009 issue of Studio Visit magazine, featuring my work, is now available! Studio Visit is a new series of juried art books for museums and galleries distributed throughout the United States. Studio Visit's publication highlights selected national artists in all two- and three-dimensional media. More than 1000 entries were received for this issue, juried by Ian Berry, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Check it out at

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Perry Nicole Gallery Show

Cat Tesla & Mary Burrows
Opening Reception - June 5th, from 6-8 pm

Chickasaw Oaks Village
3086 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee

Monday, May 25, 2009

From the Studio

Over the past 6 months my landscape paintings have evolved. The image is literally born from an abstract background of swirling layers of color, breaking through to reveal itself. Here's one of the latest, entitled "Emerald Cove".

Friday, May 1, 2009

Atlanta Symphony Decorators ShowHouse 09

If you haven't had a chance to check out the new St. Regis hotel and condominiums in Atlanta, now's your chance. Rather than an actual house, this year's Decorators' showhouse is three swanky condos for sale at St. Regis. Three of my paintings adorn one of them, designed in part by the award-winning interior design firm Essary & Murphy.

Click this for info and tickets; hurry, it closes May 10.

Genetics Covered in Art

OK, this is very cool. The April issue of the medical journal, Genetics in Medicine, has an article in it written by none other than -- me! Here's a link to the abstract for those who are curious. . .

And now for the cool part: one of my paintings is the cover art!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Think About This

At the end of yoga this morning, during the 'cool down', my teacher said: "Among swans there are none known as the best, the least or the greatest".

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Magic City Art Connection

Come visit me in the Magic City! The Magic City Art Connection Fine Art Show is April 24-26 at Linn Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Show hours are 10am-6pm and my booth number is 315. I look forward to seeing you there! For directions and info, visit:

A Brush With Greatness

So this week has been full of excitement. Yesterday I went to a lecture by Dr. James Watson. You know, of 'Watson & Crick' fame, the 2 guys who figured out the structure of DNA? And the best part is that I got to meet and talk with him. What a character! At 78 he is vibrant, eccentric, and funny. He presented his philosophy on life and how he and Francis Crick made the DNA discovery. Wearing a dark green jacket and a cadmium blue tie, white wispy hair sticking out, he began his talk by saying "avoid boring people" and "avoid boring other people". It was fascinating to hear him recall the events in his life leading up to the discovery. You can learn more about this important biological work here:

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pistol Creek Gallery Show

Enjoy an evening of art, wine, and live jazz this Saturday in Maryville, Tennessee, from 6-10 pm, where my paintings are part of a group show at Pistol Creek Gallery. Click here for directions.

An Experience to Remember

I had a great time and a great show in Knoxville at the Webb School! Not only was my art featured in the spotlight, but I also had a chance to give a talk to the highschool students about my career paths in both art and genetics.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fine Art Show & Sale
Webb School, Knoxville, Tennessee
Featured Artist: CAT TESLA
Show Sale Hours:
Opening Reception: Thursday March 5, 5:30-8:30 pm
Friday March 6, 10am-6pm
Saturday March 7, 10am-4pm


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Art Class

So this morning I had the privilege of teaching a collage/mixed media workshop to patients with Alzheimer's and dementia. It was a wonderful experience - there was a lot of laughter and lots of playing. Interestingly, persons with dementia are not inhibited when it comes to the use of color and form. In fact, they embrace it!!

If any of you are artists reading this entry, please consider volunteering. It's only a few hours out of your day to make a huge difference in the lives of others. I had a blast!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Artists 4 Alzheimers

If you're a reader of the New York Times, you may have noticed a growing number of articles over the past few years about the effect of music and art on Alzheimer's disease. Typically individuals with Alzheimer's develop what doctors refer to as the four A's: anxiety, aggression, agitation, and apathy. However, when patients are in front of great art, they calm down, and their "emotional memory" comes alive. Emotional memory refers to the feelings they've had related to people and events in their past. It turns out that deeply held memories and creative impulses remain intact even as the disease advances - the problem is patients can't access them. Researchers in Alzheimer's disease theorize that art can serve as a kind of road map to parts of the brain that govern memory and communication.

In 2006, the Museum of Modern Art in New York developed the Meet Me at MoMA program, specifically designed for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. The project entails monthly interactive tours of the Museum's renowned collection of modern art and special exhibitions for individuals in the early and middle stages of the disease, along with their family and caregivers.

In addition to viewing art, affected individuals can also benefit from creating art. Artists for Alzheimer's is a nationwide program for artists, musicians, actors, chefs, and dancers to volunteer once a year in an assisted living home for persons with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, to share and teach their craft to the patients. The Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta began artist training last fall, in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association of Georgia, and the William Bremen Jewish Home. I went through the Artists for Alzheimer's-Atlanta training program in January and was absolutely amazed! Even a patient in the later stages of Alzheimer's responded to a watercolor class. Her abstract painting was more than an outlet for healing - I could see that she had real talent. When I found out later that she used to be a professional artist, my heart broke.

I'm in the process of developing a mixed media collage painting class that I will be teaching to patients at the William Bremen Jewish Home later this month. I'll be talking about my experience on my blog in future posts. Stay tuned!

Friday, February 6, 2009


For those of you who live in sunny Jupiter, Florida, I'll be joining you President's Day weekend as one of the artists in the Artigras Fine Art Festival! In its 24th year, this art show is the jewel of northern Palm Beach County. My booth # is 210 and I'll be showcasing fresh new works from the studio! Mark your calendars and come on by - I look forward to seeing you!

Artigras Fine Art Festival
Albacoa Town Center, Jupiter, Florida
Feb. 14 & 15, 10am-6pm
Feb. 16, 10am-5pm
Booth #210
Info at:

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Notes from the Studio

I'm lucky to be married to a musician. Music fills our lives - and my art studio while I paint. So where on earth did I find the music of Giuditta Scorcelletti? Fortuitously, it was playing in a gallery we visited in the Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano. Now you know.

My husband, Simo is a professional accordionist, who is now finding his voice in painting. Simo has been my studio assistant and art business manager for more than a decade. He just completed his first series of seascapes in oil. Ok, I may be a little bit biased, but they're stunning! In February, we'll both have our paintings at the Trinity School's Spotlight on Art Artist's Market in Atlanta, Georgia. We hope to see you there!

Spotlight on Art 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Wed, Thurs, February 18 & 19, 2009 - 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Friday, February 20, 2009 - 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM

Thursday, January 22, 2009

My Babies are In Oklahoma!

Silly to say, but each of my paintings is like a child to me - I create it and give birth to it, and then send it out into the world in hopes that it will make a difference in the lives of others. I believe that art heals - it connects something on the inside of all of us. Like architecture and interior design, the artwork that we have around us can significantly influence the way we feel on a day to day basis. Research into the design of hospitals and the effect of the environment on patients and staff demonstrates that our surroundings have a clear impact on the effectiveness with which treatment and care is both delivered and received. A grouping of my "Outside of the Box" paintings are now part of the Oklahoma Heart Hospital's collection in Oklahoma City. If they give even one person a moment of calm and quietude, I am grateful.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Save the Date for ArtXtravaganza!!!!

For the past 2 years I've shown my work at the Webb School of Knoxville's fine art show. Well, the big news this year is that they have invited me to be the featured artist!!! What an honor! One of my paintings, "Reflections", mixed media on 36"x24" canvas, will be auctioned. This is a first-class event with a wide variety of art - and a percentage of the sales goes directly to support the Webb School (this means you get a tax write-off with every art purchase:). Please mark your calendars now to save the date. I'm working hard in my studio to create some exciting new pieces to share with you!

Fine Art-Abstracts-Jewelry-Sculpture

Opening Night Reception
Thursday March 5: 5:30-8:30 pm

Friday, March 6: 10am-6pm
Saturday, March 7: 10am-4pm