How does a tuxedo cat hit all the hottest spots in New Orleans? She’s visible all over because she’s painted all over the city’s most well known locations. The Creole Cat Paintings are the product of two of Chamain O’Mahoney’s great loves: her cats and her native city. Originally, painting was just a relaxing hobby for O’Mahoney whose day job is working for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as Director of Information Resources. In 2000, Creole Cat was created thanks to O’Mahoney’s nephew, Colin. The ten-year-old wanted his aunt to paint a picture of him with her cat.
She painted the picture and injected Little One’s personality by having her wave the flag of Colin’s favorite football team. As a cat lover, there wasn’t any other choice for the subject of her paintings but Little One, or Minou, as she is often referred to (a Creole word for kitty cat, Minou, is used as a general name for any cat). She has been the artist’s favorite subject since she was a one-year-old and would watch O’Mahoney paint. Cats have always held a fascination for her due to their individuality and comic genius. “Fifty cats in one room have fifty distinct personalities and they are all trying to get your attention. I’d give anything to know just what they are thinking,” O’Mahoney says.
Being a New Orleans native, the city was an obvious backdrop for her paintings. “The people are colorful and quirky.” For O’Mahoney, the buildings seem to come alive, “It seems like they have such a story to tell.” She takes advantage of the unique scenery, and the Creole Cat paintings show Little One at such famous locales such as Pirate’s Alley, Camellia Grill, Ponchartrain Beach and Preservation Hall. You can find the Creole Cat in galleries throughout New Orleans.
To learn more about Little One visit: www.thecreolecat.com.