"Tough Kitty is a paradox on our society's view of men, tough guys and how they are perceived," explains Kat Silver. "The cat person is receiving a 'mom' tattoo, and looking rather rough and tough about it. Men in western culture are expected to not show emotions; crying and being emotional are seen as a weakness. In this humorous painting I am inviting the viewer to begin to question these absurd and unrealistic stereotypes and expectations." The painting was done on linen that has a printed pattern. Kat intentionally let the pattern show on sides of the work to contrast the "toughness" in the character.

- Kat Silver

Tough Kitty

Oil painting on stretched linen
Finished edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on front

8" h x 8" w x 1" d
0 lbs. 0 oz.



Kat Silver
Indianapolis, Indiana

Getting to Know Kat

Kat Silver’s surrealist paintings project something whimsical and enticing within their dream-like plots. They expose the inner conflicts in Kat’s life, which are revealed through the imagery of her dreams and the symbolism encountered in her daily life. These conflicts are universal, demonstrating an obsession with time, choice, and fate. The image of the rabbit has become an important symbol and signature in Kat’s work. For her, the rabbit represents power and taking control of one’s life. The sweet, confident groups of rabbits surround the lost, faceless characters in her paintings. We may not know where we are going, but we have guides along the way if we look for them.