I started painting my cat Spot for a variety of reasons. I had been trying for several years to work white on white. I never succeeded. I love colour too much to stick to such a minimal palette. I went to an art opening where I saw some wonderful cat paintings and decided to paint my cat. Spot being predominantly white, I am getting close to my personal challenge of white on white. I enjoy the contrast of his big white self with his surroundings. I recently got a flock of chickens to match Spot. I plan to include them into future paintings.