A few years ago, I painted Elisa and Antonio’s lovely dog Barney. This time they came to me with the sad news that their beloved cat Lola had passed away, and they wanted me to capture her beauty in a painting. Elisa gave me photos of Lola, and a photo of her favourite window ledge that she liked to sit in. I put the two together. It was my first proper painting of a cat. I really enjoyed drawing her delicate fur, and painting her gorgeous colours.

“Thanks Naomi for painting our Lola in such a beautiful, realistic but so sweet a way. Antonio and I love the painting so much, it reminds us not only of our lovely cat but also of our old house. We can’t thank you enough, you are a star!” Elisa Morani, Cambridge