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Illustration of the 1920s Flapper sitting under a pear tree with two of her orange cats that resemble in shape two pears hanging from the tree.
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(watercolor & acrylic illustration on paper, 9X11, 2005)

"Cats and Pears"

So here is the story of Matilda Dubois, the Flapper you see in the "Cats and Pears" illustration. She is known among her friends for three things: her bright blue eyes, her beautiful red hair and her free spirit. She is a true flower child although she precedes the 'flower children' by several generations.

Matilda lives for continuous partying. She loves dancing and believes in free love. Hates both bras and shoes. Loves her two cats: Deb and Daddy. They love her back, mainly because she feeds them.

Matilda will never get married. The love of her life, a sea captain that she would see on and off for the next twenty years will die during the WWII. She will never recover from this tragedy and spend the rest of her life secretly mourning him. She'll die at the age of ninety seven in the same mansion she was born in. She'll leave all of her money to her twenty two cats, all descended from Deb and Daddy.

"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want."
Joseph Wood Krutch

"Cats aren't clean, they're just covered with cat spit."
John S. Nichols

"God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things."
Pablo Picasso

"Cats as a class, have never completely got over the snootiness caused by that fact that in Ancient Egypt they were worshipped as gods."
P. G. Wodehouse