Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Peace on Earth

A painting that I had started weeks ago (and mentioned in an earlier post) has come to fruition, entitled "Solace".

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,The gladness of Christmas give you hope,The warmth of Christmas grant you love.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Quote for the day

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but rising every time we fall"

I've always liked this quote. The idea of persevering - brushing yourself off, and standing right back up.

Last week I went away to rejuvenate. For me going out of the country always brings immediate perspective. You realize how easy it is to get lost and busy in your own bubble. It's good to be back, and though its quite cold here in the Atlanta area this week (zero degrees!), the studio is rockin' with some new latin music and my brushes are happily dipping back into the paint.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How do you cope with life's challenges?

People often ask me how I paint, what my process is, where do I get my inspiration. Essentially the answers to these questions can be summed up by telling you that I paint what I feel. All my life I have felt things very deeply. I keep a journal. I write poems, I sketch, I doodle. Empathy comes easily to me (sometimes, too easily). And I'm a big weeper. So many things in life just . . . move me.

Last week was frenetic. Running to the grocery store, stopping for gas, priming a canvas, picking up flowers, varnishing a painting, mailing the bills, running back to the grocery store, walking the dog, blowing leaves. Then, with one phone call everything . . . receded. Our neighbor lost his 2 year battle with brain cancer. He surpassed what the doctors predicted for survival. His will to live - his life force - strong and determined. The funeral was Saturday. A crisp, cool, sunny day. Breezy, leaves flying. Totally surreal. Small and subdued, a slide show flashing moments of his life on the wall. Smiles, nods, tissue. More tissue. It was hard to believe he was only 52. But in a letter from one of his sons written to his father, he explained that his Dad lived more life in one day than most do in a lifetime. That's what I'll remember most about him. He was alive and on fire for living. Every single day.

I spent time in the studio painting in silence after I heard the news. A blurry green-gray beginning to a drippy milky landscape. Not much else happened. I decided to wash my brushes and took a long walk.

About a week has passed since I started the painting. Today I put the first glaze of a color onto the canvas (other than a shade of gray). It felt good.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Home Sweet Home

My fall art show travels are finished, and I've got to say, I'm just so happy to be home! You know what I'm saying:  clean sheets, cheesy bread, and a crackling fire. Oh, and a super cute one-eyed dog who also happens to like clean sheets (dog pillows), cheesy bread, and a crackling fire.

Friday, October 29, 2010

What's your favorite time of the year?

Mine is the fall. Though the leaves are making a mess of our deck already, the breezy cool nights are envigorating. As the earth continues it's journey around the sun the days are becoming shorter. Did you know that the earth's axis is tilted at 23.5 degrees? If it wasn't, countries near the poles would be cold and dark year round.

Next weekend I'll be at the Chastain Park Arts Festival in Atlanta, my last show scheduled for the year. Grab your jacket and come on down!
Art is what heals, soothes and enriches our lives-it is what feeds our soul.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fresh Paint

Just finished "New Horizon I" shown here, and will be taking it with me for this weekend's Fine Arts in Ocala show - hope to see you there! Info:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Visit with the Dalai Lama

Yesterday my husband and I went to a panel discussion on creativity, spirituality, and the arts with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Richard Gere, and Alice Walker. It was an amazing experience! The feel and focus contrasted the physical self versus the inner (true) self. When an artist expresses their inner self through their work, truth and compassion are fully realized.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Walkin' in Memphis

Thanks to everyone for joining me this past weekend at T. Clifton Gallery in Memphis! The show was a huge success - it seemed like the whole city was there!

The good news is there's still time to see it (without the crowds :) since the show runs through November 30, 2010.

Monday, October 4, 2010

T. Clifton Gallery Exhibition: October 8, 2010

Join me in Memphis this Friday for the opening of my show "Alignment", with fellow artist Selwyn Garraway, at T. Clifton Art Gallery!

Watercolor magazine wrote, “Selwyn Garraway’s watercolors are a step into the past, a world reminiscent of an old-fashioned English village where life seemed more ordered and tranquil.” Born and raised in Trinidad during the time the Caribbean island was making its transition from a British colony to a republic, Selwyn received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He now resides in New York City.

Cat Tesla's artwork is an ongoing exploration of ethereal landscapes and organic abstract designs - either originating from Mother Nature or inspired by her - executed in mixed media on canvas and birch supports. Multiple layers of acrylic, oil glazes, and collage, combined with handmade clay pieces (the tiles in the work that she makes, dubbed “cookies”), combine the mediums she so enjoys. Southern Living Magazine described her work as complex, where “organic landscapes and abstract elements meet structured grids and lines”. Indeed she is an accomplished abstract and landscape painter, and in many of her works, the two are married. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Catherine “Cat” Tesla has lived in the Atlanta area for nearly half her life.

For additional information and directions:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall Show Schedule

Fall is officially here and I'll be traveling around the southeast to several shows. I hope to see you in your home town soon - come on down!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thought for the Day

"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first."
                                                      ~Ernestine Ulmer

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come. . .

Join me this weekend at the Plaza Art Fair in KC - one of the best in the country! I'm bringing fresh new works from the studio like the one shown here, entitled "Morning Sun".

Show hours and directions at:

Monday, September 6, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What's in the Works?

I've just returned from some fantastic shows - thanks to everyone who joined me in Chicago and Lexington, Kentucky to adopt new paintings! Your support of my creativity means the world to me.

Now it's back to the grindstone as I have many, many paintings to put finishing touches on! I'll be updating my website Tuesday morning, September 7. Stay tuned!

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it" ~Buddha

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Join me in Chi-town!

Don't miss the Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park this weekend where I'll have fresh new landscapes, abstracts, and "Outside of the Box" paintings!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Press Release: Knoxville Museum of Art invites Cat Tesla for Artscapes 2010 Show

Each year, the Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art hand-picks artists to invite for its annual Artscapes Extravaganza, an art auction and gala to benefit the Knoxville Museum of Art. For the 2010 show, a set of 9 paintings from Cat Tesla’s “Outside of the Box” series will be among the works to choose from. Art lovers worldwide have become avid collectors of the series which combines acrylic, oil glazes, collage, and handmade clay tiles (dubbed “cookies”). Each spring Cat makes several hundred cookies at a local ceramics studio to use for her box paintings. “People are surprised by the fact that I work in both clay and mixed media painting and actually use them together in the same artwork”. Communicating in a visceral language, the mixed media series on birch is textured, glossy, and organic. This unexpected interaction between two- and three-dimensional mediums is a hallmark of Tesla’s art.

A retired genetic counselor previously on faculty at Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Human Genetics in Atlanta, Georgia, Cat shows and sells her work at shows and galleries throughout the United States. Tesla graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, with a M.S. in Human Genetics and studied graphic design at the Southeastern Center for the Arts in Atlanta. She has also studied encaustic painting and handbuilding in clay.

Tesla’s work will be featured at the Knoxville Museum of Art from September 14 – 24, 2010 as part of the Artscapes show.  For additional information:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

See you in Chicago!

Here's one of the paintings (entitled
"Morning Light") that I'll be bringing to Chicago this weekend, where I'll have my work at Art at the Glen Town Center:
August 7-8, 2010
Booth #145

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Outside of the Box

Here are a few new "Outside of the Box" paintings that I've recently finished. You can view more at:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's Pouring Out of Me

I'm cranking out a lot of paintings lately, it just seems to flow. Here's a new one entitled
"Fresh Air".

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New From the Studio

Fresh off the easel, I just finished this landscape entitled
"Hope Rising".

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see"
~Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), USA

Friday, June 25, 2010

Life's Simple Pleasures

May it be known throughout the land, that we have beautiful ripe tomatoes on the vine, ready to eat.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Work Vortex

The past few weeks have been filled with long hours in the studio, and I'm (finally!) just about ready to ship out paintings for group gallery shows at Chicago Art Source Gallery and T. Clifton Art in Memphis. Two additional paintings (pictured here) were just completed for a hospital in Dallas - these are 36"x36" versions of my "Outside of the Box" series.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New from the Studio

"Soar", 48"x60", acrylic on canvas

"Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."

~Carl Jung (1875-1961), Switzerland

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Blown Away!

Due to unusually strong winds in my area of the park, I was forced to leave the Rittenhouse Square Art Show early on Sunday. Many artists in my area had to leave due to whopping 40 mph winds! With the help of the show director and our friends, my husband and I were able to pack up safely. I was sorry to miss many of you who were coming to the show that day.

Due to these circumstances, you're invited to be blown away by my "Rittenhouse Special Art Sale"! Just send me an email ( to get the scoop.

Monday, May 31, 2010

You're Invited to Rittenhouse Square

Please join me this weekend where I'll have my newest paintings available to adopt at the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show in Philadelphia. It's a great show in one of the most beautiful parks in the city - you don't want to miss it! Here's a preview of one of my latest "organic study" paintings, inspired by the rebirth and happy suprises nature brings back to my garden every spring.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

What to Say at a Cocktail Party

Truth be told, I'm a bit of a nerd.

One of the email subscriptions I have is to the New England Journal of Medicine - which in and of itself is not so nerdy. What is nerdy, is that I usually click on most of the links and read the articles. This week Greg Feero, Alan Guttmacher, and Francis Collins wrote an updated primer on genomic medicine. Genomic wa-hat?! Don't panic. This update to the 2002 article on the same topic (yeah, I have that one, too. . .sigh) has an interactive graphic showing DNA-sequencing technologies which is one of the best on the web. This article is a great resource to gain an appreciation of the impact of genetics on medicine, particularly since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003.

The article also contains several interesting factoids that are usable at your next cocktail party. For instance, did you know that both cows and mustard plants have more genes than you or I? And, while you're looking around at everyone else at the party, thinking, "what the heck am I doing here with these people?", consider that you share about 99.6% of your DNA sequence with them. If that news causes you to consider another drink, you can rest assured that there is still a lot of individual difference between any two people's DNA - about 24 million basepairs worth. Which is about the size of a 4,000 page phonebook.
So the next time you're running out of things to say at a cocktail party, try this:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Intentionally left blank.

Lately I've been feeling like anything's possible.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New from the Studio

The varnish is nearly dry on this new painting entitled "Inner Light". It feels light and airy to me and reminds me of the cool breezy spring mornings we're having here in Georgia. (Probably because I painted this piece in the mornings over the past few weeks.) Lately I feel an expansiveness in my morning meditations before going into the studio - a space that is open for something new to emerge.

The painting below entitled "A Taste for Champagne" was painted in the late afternoon/early evenings over the past few weeks, with music blaring and me singing at the top of my lungs. With this one I somehow ended up with a lot of paint on myself, in my hair, on my shoes. And it felt good.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Do YOU sing in the shower?

I'm no American Idol but I do enjoy singing. Especially in the shower where I sound fantastic! (I'm sure you do, too.) And today was a great day for dancing and singing in the studio! Stevie Wonder, Lady GaGa, and let's not forget one of my favs, Patsy Cline, were all there with me, providing just the right background for some brisk palette knife work and soft brush strokes. Stay tuned for a preview of fresh new paintings!

Speaking of American Idol, I sure hope Lee DeWyze wins. I love that he was just some guy working in a paint store in Chicago and now he's a household name. He's got my vote. . .go Lee!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Thanks Gainesville, Chattanooga, Birmingham, and Lakeland

Beyond being a huge success, the last several shows have been outstanding experiences. My husband Simo and I have loved visiting some of the greatest southern cities, and have had the privilege of meeting some amazing people. Art buyers have great genetics: they're smart and savvy, interesting, fun, and unique! Thanks to all who have adopted my work - I am most grateful.

We have also had the pleasure of eating at some great restaurants along the way. It is now an official ritual that whenever we go to Birmingham, Alabama, our first night is dinner at Jim-n-Nick's BBQ, where the restaurant's motto is "lower and slower". (To Simo's amazement, I have no difficulty finishing a half-slab of their baby-back ribs!) After setting up our display for the 4Bridges Show in Chattanooga, we made our way to Rembrandt's Coffee Shop in the Bluff View Arts District where we had cheesecake and cappuccino. Of course not every meal is a feast - we religiously pack sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, and lots of water to balance out the trip.

My garden is coming alive (pictured here) with something new blooming each week - what a joy to be back home for a couple weeks. Now it's time to get back to work in the studio. Each morning is a gift, a chance to give of yourself and experience life fully. I'll be posting photos of new paintings soon!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fresh Paint

This weekend I'll be heading to Lakeland, Florida, for the Mayfaire by the Lake Arts Festival put on by the Polk Museum of Art. Here's a fresh new painting I'll be taking with me, entitled "Nature's Delight".

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Join me this weekend for the 4-Bridges Art Show in Chattanooga, TN!!! I'll be bringing fresh new works from the studio. Info at:

Monday, April 12, 2010

PS Gallery Show

The opening for the PS Gallery show was this past Saturday night. Check out the article in the Sunday edition of the Columbia Tribune, which highlights all of the artists in the show, and has a couple of photos of my work:

Pictured here is the triptych, "Seek Within".

You can view the show by artist at:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sacred Mornings

This morning I looked out and saw this amazing sky. I love the morning. For me it is a time of prayer and meditation before I go into the studio to paint. It is a time to be thankful for all of the blessings in my life and to get in touch with my core being. My hope is that you, too, will honor the light inside of you.

"Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself." ~Pythagoras

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Fever

Finally, spring is here! It's supposed to be a beautiful couple of days in the Atlanta area - YAY! The timing is perfect - I just finished a commission of 4 paintings for a hospital in the Houston area, and am shipping an additional 25 paintings for a group show in April at the Perlow-Stevens Gallery in Columbia, Missouri. One (which happens to be entitled "Spring Fever") is pictured here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I Married an Accordion Player

Yes, it's true. My husband Simo is an accordion player - he plays gobs of music from his home country Serbia, plus amazing Scandinavian, Greek, Russian, Irish, and English tunes - you name it, he can play it. And he sings well too.

So, yeah, I'm bragging. You can hear a sampling of his music at:

For more than a decade we have been traveling to California each August where Simo teaches and performs music at Lark - a music camp near Mendocino. I was delighted to read about Joanna Newsom's success this week in the NY Times. I remember Joanna from camp - she almost seemed like an apparition at times (in a good way). We had the pleasure of spending a few moments backstage with her and her band a couple of years ago when she played here in Atlanta - what a treat! If you want to change your mood and brighten your day, music can do it.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


My dog Ruby is home from surgery - she's very swollen and tired. (I cry each time I look at her). The vet reassured us that the pressure in the eye was off the charts - 60+ (normal is under 20) so I know it was the right thing to do medically. It'll take some getting used to though. I'll post a photo in a few weeks once she's better.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dogs and Art

First I wanted to send a big "thank you" to everyone who came to the art show in Naples this past weekend. Several of my paintings were adopted and I'm grateful to have my work in your collections!

I'm now back in my studio varnishing some paintings for an upcoming show at the Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee. Pictured here is a painting I'll be taking to the show entitled "In Bloom I". (You can view the sister piece on my website.)

My dog Ruby is a constant companion in my art studio. Adopted from a pet rescue group (see: more than 9 years ago, she charms all who meet her with good looks, soft fur, and awkward dancing (this wiggly thing she does with her butt). I'm still hopeful she'll eventually learn how to hold a brush to assist me in the studio. Sadly the vet told us this week that Ruby's glaucoma has advanced - she will have surgery next week to remove her disease-stricken eye. Here's a photo of her at Christmas.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

See You in Sunny Naples

I gotta tell you I'm freezing here in Atlanta. We are actually having a winter season this year and even though I grew up in the midwest, I've become a total wimp when it comes to the cold. I'm even wearing socks to bed (you know it must be bad). So I'm really extra happy to tell you that I'll be at a show this weekend in sunny, warm, Naples, Florida! Come on out to see my latest work:

Naples National Art Festival
Feb. 20 & 21, 2010
10 am - 5 pm
Cambier Park & 8th St South

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thanks to All

Thanks to everyone who made my Studio Sale a success this year - it was an honor to have several of my paintings adopted by new families, and wonderful to have friends and patrons visit my studio. I'm grateful to all of you!

Snow in Snellville

Here in my little burb outside of Atlanta, we are having a major snowfall! And it is beeeeuuutiful! You can see the view from my studio window here - it's still coming down - looks like tomorrow I'll be painting all day!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Green Space

Every time I drive by a piece of land where a grove of trees was cleared to make room for a new condo building, I want to vomit. Do we really need more concrete and less photosynthesis? (I think not). That's why I'm happy to see Virginia-Highlands, a hip neighborhood in the middle of Atlanta, working to improve and preserve their green space. To that end, I'm donating two paintings (one pictured here) for an auction to raise funds towards their efforts:
Green Dream Silent Auction
Friday, January 22, 2010, 7-11pm
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Atlanta, Georgia

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Wish for A New Year

Happy New Year! May peace and blessings come your way in 2010.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now.
~Chinese Proverb