Each month ATGhousing.com interviews an Artist and showcases a few
examples of their work.
This month we had the opportunity to catch up with Cat Tesla , please see our Q&A below and be sure to visit Cat's website at
ATG: Who are you, where are you from, and where do you live?
I'm Cat Tesla, born and raised in St. Louis, MO, work and live in Atlanta, GA.
ATG: Why art?
College was a toss-up between art and science. I began with the latter and obtained a Master’s Degree in Human Genetics. For 20 years I worked at Emory University seeing patients in genetic clinics. Averaging 500 patients a year, I had a range of experiences: telling someone the child they were carrying had anencephaly (lack of skull formation at the back of the head) and would not live, telling someone they inherited the BRCA1 gene and had a very high risk of breast cancer, or telling someone their 4 year-old child who was not developing properly because they had an inherited neurodegenerative disease – eventually got to me. Certainly there was a lot of good news to parlay as well.
Because of the stress, I turned to yoga, hiking, and mindful meditation. My brain found peace in nature. Scientists hypothesize that being in nature allows the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s command center, to dial down and rest, like an overused muscle. In fact, after just a 3 day camping trip, you can increase your creative problem solving by 50 percent. I studied art in the evenings after genetics clinic – obtaining a degree in graphic design, followed by studies/residencies with Nicholas Wilton and Steve Aimone. I was inspired to put nature to canvas – the shapes, colors, and feelings. I went part-time in genetics, and then traded genetic counseling for a full-time art career.
My "Chrysalis Series" is an abstraction of nature.
ATG: What art do you most identify with?
Any of the abstract expressionists.
ATG: Which Art Festivals do you enjoy the most?
Several around the country, Alexandria King St. Festival is one of my favorites.
ATG: What inspires you?
My work includes both ethereal landscapes and abstract designs. The subjects I choose to paint are organic, either originating from Mother Nature, or inspired by her. Mixing organic forms against line and space fascinate and motivate me. My artwork provides the viewer a bold graphic element from a distance, but up close they are rewarded with rich organic details and texture.
ATG: Professionally, what’s your goal?
Personally and professionally, I'd like to connect my art with more collectors, and simply connect with more people. Relationships enrich life.
ATG: What's the best piece of advice you have been given?
Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.
ATG: What's the best piece of advice you can give?
Take risks, have no regrets.