Ship's Cat - Jane Flowers

Jane Flowers

Ship's Cat

140 x 140 cmCharcoal on Linen
There is a long tradition of ship’s cats. Thousands of years ago, cats were encouraged to come aboard boats, rodent reducers on vessels plying trade between communities throughout the Mediterranean. Later, cats have also been ocean going companions, notably Matthew Flinders’ adored Trim. Or as told in Neilma Sydney’s story “True tale Of Henrietta the Hen and Pepe a Sea Cat” who all travelled the world via various container ships. Or surfer / world warrior / ocean going adventurer yachtswoman Captain Liz Clark and her adopted tabby Amelia the tropicat. In this painting, out to sea, under a full moon, the ship’s cat keeps watch… This is a painting about the relationship between felines, humanity and the sea.