Kaaterskill Falls. Original Heidi Shaulis oil painting of Charlie the tuxedo cat at a waterfall


Painted by the Hudson River School painters in the 19th century, Kaaterskill Falls in Tannersville NY, in the Catskill Mountains, is an other-worldly place that continues to captivate today. This painting imagines Charlie hiking there to take in the natural beauty and try out his new fishing pole during the annual Running of the Goldfish.

"Charlie at Katterskill Falls" is an original oil painting on a 28 x 22 inch stretched canvas, completed in September, 2018.

This painting has deep 1.5 inch gallery-wrapped edges which are paintedgold, giving it a substantial, modern look. The back is wired so you can hang it right up as soon as you unwrap it!

The meaning behind this painting:
Last summer, Charlie disappeared for 2 nights. He was an indoor cat, but always trying to get out..and was successful for once. Since he was so naive and gentle, and also fragile due to his kidney failure and advanced age, I thought for sure that he must have been killed by a coyote or fisher, when I couldn't find him after 2 nights. To ease my mind, I made up a story that he had hiked to Kaaterskill Falls, one of my favorite spots in the Catskill Mountains.

Fortunately he returned, but I decided to create a painting from this story that would memorialize Charlie's life, picturing him in a cat's paradise, complete with the rainbow at the top of the falls.

I worked on this painting since then (over a year!), and as he became more frail, the painting became more complete. Finally finished the day before he passed...to help lead him to the Rainbow Bridge. Sweet travels, Charlie; I'll see you at the Falls.

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