painting of cat and chickens

Witness Purrtection Program, Pastel

“Witness Purrtection Program” is a pastel on Pastelmat card, 12 x 16, 2023 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski.

About the artwork

painting of cat and chickens

“Witness Purrtection Program,” pastel, 12 x 16, 2023 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

The April exhibit at the North Hills Art Center each year is Art for Animals, and the 2023 exhibit  benefits Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary. I have plenty of new animal artwork already, but I decided I had to do a painting including farm animals from some reference photos I’d taken. Oh, the sheep in their stalls, the little herd of goats, the chickens! But while I’m all about the dignity of sentient creatures and take their images seriously I remembered this photo and knew I had to paint it. Kitty has his back to us but his ears are turned our way. Did his cover somehow get blown? Should he hit the road?

One of the times I went to my friend’s farm with a delivery of feral cats I took the reference photo for this painting. Of course I would photograph any cat I saw, and I love the chickens, so when I saw this group of chickens in the green green grass….hey, one of those things is not a chicken. I laughed that the cat was the same color as the chickens and immediately thought something about a “witness protection program.”

It’s a pastel and I wanted to keep it loose and active, as if the breeze is rippling the grass and the chickens are moving. I framed it without a mat in a dark rough plank wood frame that coordinates with the old fence boards. I’m so happy with it.

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Shipping within the US is included in all the prices listed. All shipping is via Priority Mail. Prints are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Canvases are shipped in a box to fit with padding. Since this original is small it is also shipped in a box with extra padding.


The giclees are printed on acid-free hot press art paper for a smooth matte finish using archival inks. Giclee is the highest quality print available because the technique uses a dozen or more ink ports to capture all the nuances of the original painting, including details of the texture, far more sensitive than any other printing medium. Sometimes my giclees look so much like my originals that even I have a difficult time telling them apart when they are in frames. The giclees have 2″ of white around the outside edges.

I don’t keep giclee prints in stock for most of my works. Usually I have giclees printed as they are ordered unless I have an exhibit where I’ll be selling a particular print so there is a wait of up to two weeks before receipt of your print to allow for time to print and ship.


Digital prints are made on acid-free matte-finish natural white 100# cover using archival digital inks. While digital prints are not the quality of a giclee in capturing every nuance and detail of color, texture and shading, I am still very pleased with the outcome and usually only I, as the artist, could tell where detail and color were not as sharp as the original.


I have canvases printed as they are ordered so I rarely have any on hand. Smaller canvases are a 3/4″ in depth, canvases 12 x 16 and larger are 1-1/2″ in depth. I set them up so the image runs from edge to edge, then the sides are black or white or sometimes I slip in a color that coordinates with the painting.

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