“Waiting for Mom”, pastel, 16″ x 23″, 1988 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A Special Welcome to Cat Lovers

Meet my lifetime family of cats through my art and gifts!


Above you see my “shop”, the display I keep set up in my office of my handmade goods, representing about one quarter of what I have on hand. I offer a large variety of original art and prints and photography, and more created nearly every day. I also offer greeting and note cards and gift items made by me incorporating those images, some of which are one of a kind, some made with upcycled materials. In addition, I have been painting custom portraits of pets for decades. I’d like to show you around to introduce you to my site.

First, a little about my inspirations

"Three Warm Cats on a Cool Ground", pastel, 7" x 10" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Three Warm Cats on a Cool Ground”, pastel, 7″ x 10″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I have my cats to thank for being an artist. When, as an adult, I chose to pick up a pencil and paper and put them together, it was because images of my cats kept appearing in my thoughts as pencil drawings and paintings and I decided to draw what I was envisioning. While I render many other subjects now it all began with my cats and the hopeless affection I felt for each of them and all their moods and quirks and manners of affection toward me. This is the gift they gave to me, and I will be forever in their debt, spending a lifetime to pay it off by sharing them with others.

“Waiting for Mom”, pastel, 16″ x 23″, 1988 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Waiting for Mom”, pastel, 16″ x 23″, 1988 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Those cats were among my first rescues, beginning about 40 years ago. Growing up in an era when no one spayed or neutered their cats there was no shortage of kittens and nice cats around the neighborhood. My parents would not permit me to bring any animals home, but they did give me a cat for Christmas when I was nine years old. Later, in college, I could do as I pleased and began to take in strays, even if all I could do for them was to feed and house them and hope to find someone to adopt them. I rescued my first black cat Kublai while in college, as a tiny blue-eyed kitten who was threatened to be drowned. Through the years I learned more with each cat I rescued and rehomed, and yet more from the ones who weren’t adopted and stayed with me.

"Stripes", pencil, 8" x 5", 2002 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Stripes”, pencil, 8″ x 5″, 2002 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

These are the cats you’ll meet in my artwork. None of the cats you see here were from clip art or stock photos. They are cats I knew and loved from their rescue to their adoption or beyond, or for their lives long if they were never adopted. They gave me their gift, and I share it with you.

Galleries and Pages

In the menu you’ll find these basic product categories, each of which has a number of drop-downs under it to categorize what’s offered in that area. You’ll also find non-feline images and products.

Available Original Art

Fine Art and Portraiture


Handmade Gift Gallery

Greeting Cards



Pet Remembrance and Sympathy Gifts

Below are a few popular items and a few new items to get you started.

Custom Commissioned Portraits

If you’re visiting from The Conscious Cat, you may recognize this portrait. It’s a painting of all five of Ingrid’s cats at the best window in the best season, when the red maple bursts into color in autumn, commissioned as a gift from a friend. You can read about it here on The Conscious Cat for what Ingrid said about it, and here on my feline-centric site, The Creative Cat for background on how I created the painting.

A portrait of your animal companion is different from a photograph; I create a composite portrait from many photos and perhaps a meeting. In doing so, I can remove a background from a scene and add another, include toys or even group animals together in a way they’d never pose. More than a few of the portraits I have created have been memorials to pets who are gone but will never be forgotten. Many have also been portraits of a friend’s or family member’s pet given as a special personalized gift.

And in the end, you have a piece of original artwork. Visit this page to read more about my commissioned portraits and follow the links to my portfolio and other information.

Greeting and Note Cards

I began producing greeting and note cards with my images 30 years ago. As a graphic designer and print buyer, it’s second nature, and a great way to both distribute my art and photography and give others a way to send a message to another that they can share. I offer Feline Fine Art Cards, Animal Sympathy Cards, Feline Photos Cards, Feline-themed note cards and sets, and Feline holiday and greeting cards. I add new images to the selections all the time.

Feline-themed holiday cards from Portraits of Animals.

Feline-themed holiday cards from Portraits of Animals.

As a special this time of the year, stock up on your holiday cards with $10.00 per dozen on boxed cards in these select designs (including some non-feline since most cat lovers are also interested):

Feline Holiday Cards, A Cat Named Peace, A Dog Named Earth
Feline Holiday Cards, An Old Memory
Feline Holiday Cards, Cookie’s Full of Holiday Cheer
Feline Holiday Cards, Sophie Gets a Look at Herself
Feline Holiday Cards, Star of Kittens
Feline Holiday Cards, Star of Wonder
Holiday Cards, Unexpected Berries, Set of 4 Cards
Holiday Cards, Backyard Birds, Set of 4 Cards
Holiday Cards, Cardinals Brighten Up a Snowy Day, Set of 4 Cards
Holiday Cards, Winter Walks, Set of 4 Cards
Holiday Cards, Winter Beauty, Set of 8 Cards
Animal Sympathy Cards, Original Set of 12

All designs can be found on the page of Seasonal and Holiday Cards. Only these designs are included in the discount, no custom dozens.

“Star of Wonder”, a popular design

I had created the six-pointed star as part of an invitation I designed for a non-denominational holiday musical celebration a few years ago. It could have been that, while I worked on that design on my computer, one or more young black cats found it intensely interesting against the black background of the design and an idea was born, a universal message for the season, with cats. I found customers were using it for other reasons than holiday greetings, for sympathy and remembrance. I offer this design on:


Handmade Garden Flags

Years ago I had my garden flags printed, but now I can make them myself which allows me to offer far more designs for a lower cost. I print these on cotton muslin, and the design and the materials stand up well to weather. You can find the whole selection on my garden flags page.

Two-layer Masks With Pocket and Matching Accessory Bags

Masks and accessory bags

Get an extra discount when you buy one of each: one mask and one accessory bag for $25.00 with the coupon code MASKACCESSORY25.

I get the feeling we’ll need these for a while, so I decided to design my own mask with a few special features, and also printed accessory bags to match. I “printed” my own fabric for them using fabric transfers in four different designs. Each mask design is printed on fresh cotton muslin—no upcycling old tablecloths here. The commercial quality fabric transfer gives the fabric a little extra density to block droplets, and body so it holds its shape where you want it. Each mask is also lined with fresh cotton muslin, with the top seam left open to slip in another layer or two of materials for extra blocking. I make them with elastic ear loops and also provide 24″ ties if that works better for you. The accessory bags are about 5″ x 7″, unlined, with a matching zipper closure.

Find masks here and find accessory bags here.

A Three Gift Book Set

Set of three gift books.

Purchase Great Rescues Day Book, Feline Style Sampler and The Creative Cat Coloring Book as a set for yourself or as a gift to a cat-loving friend.

Great Rescues Day Book, Feline Style Sampler and The Creative Cat Coloring Book are fun for your own use, and they are also great small gifts as thank yous, thinking of yous and all occasion gifts for cat lovers, for people studying art, for children to color and make notes.

The regular price for all three is $40.00. Through December 31, 2020 you can purchase the trio for only $25.00, including shipping and handling (US only, please ask for a quote for international shipping). Read more here.

Other items with the same art or design To find all items on this site with the same art or design, use the search box for the name of the artwork and you'll find all that's available.

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