Description The Maine Coon Cat is the official cat of the state of Maine and is one of the oldest breeds in North America.Popular theory is that the Maine Coon Cat originated from a domestic cat breeding with a raccoon, but it is actually thought to have originated from matings between shorthaired domestic cats and longhaired cats, like Angoras, perhaps brought to this country by the Vikings.Maine Coon Cats make great family pets because they are gentle and loving and are great companions. They love to play and can be very entertaining. Most will retrieve objects. Maine Coon Cats are an intelligent breed with a gentle, easy-going disposition. They are also big and beautiful, with big ears, bushy tails and long, glossy coats.
Karen Zuk Rosenblatt, Delray Beach Member Since July 2016 Artist Statement As a former pianist and teacher who transitioned to Art after a strained finger forced me from the concert stage, I can say that the creative spark finds a way to go on. Just let it burn.
My Dad, a commercial artist/illustrator, had passed on and left me his supplies. I took his signature (“Zuk”) a shortened version of the family name (“Zukoff”) and began my journey. After studying various mediums, I entered my first art show and won First Place in Oils. A new career was born!
I soon realized that my love for cats was the constant evolving inspiration for most of my work. I particularly enjoy sharing their beauty, mystery and whimsical nature.
While my work is realistic, I enjoy adding a bit of humor (realism with a twist). Animals (especially cats) are my favorite subjects and I hope people who see my work are inspired to treat them all with kindness and dignity.