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The Beauty of Black Cats

Tap Into Your Own Feline Energy Through Black Cat Art

Have you ever marveled at how cats are able to stare at you, unblinking, for extended periods of time? At times they seem to stare at nothing at all yet stay extremely focused in doing so! Other times, they just appear totally Zen in the moment. They are not asleep– but their eyes are closed, a slight smile playing on their furry lips, totally at peace. They sleep, eat, and certainly play when they need to. They are natural born hunters, in touch with their wild sides. The most wild of all domesticated animals, and the most worshipped and revered pets since the times of ancient Egyptians, cats seem to have it all going for them. They know how to communicate to get what they want (sometimes in the form of naughty early morning meowing for their food). They also know how to show affection. Who doesn’t love a friendly head butt combined with loud purring? Let’s face it– cats are cool. Who wouldn’t want to be one?

The Black Cat Rap

Black cats unfortunately often get a bad rap. Many shelters won’t even allow them to be adopted around Halloween, for fear they will be abused or used as someone’s idea of a cruel prank. Long associated with being witches’ familiars, these dark and mysterious felines have sadly been demonized and killed for centuries. I have been the proud owner and co-owner of black cats no less than four times. I personally adore them. Like the wolf, I find it unfair that these beautiful creatures are largely misunderstood and unjustly feared by reputation. Many a witch enjoys their company as both a furry family friend and a familiar. You can always let the uninformed know: they’re not used for evil or nefarious intent if they want to lend their energies by hanging out during a magick ritual, either.

Meet Mary Domhan

Enter Mary Domhan. I met Mary when she moved to Milwaukee back in the early 2000s. She was long-time friends with my life partner, from when they played in a band together called the Waxmen in New York, where she’s originally from. Mary has a long history of rescuing and loving cats. She currently has two black beauties residing with her menagerie of four (Jacque and Luna). She went to school at the Fashion Institute of Technology for a degree in Textile Design. After revisiting her artistic side during the pandemic, she began to focus her art more on pet portraits. That led her in turn to zeroing in on black cat art, her latest venture. In our recent podcast interview on "Women Who Howl at the Moon," Mary explained her intent with this creative business endeavor, and how it helped her survive 2020 and beyond. You can enjoy Mary's artwork and buy paintings at drawings she's created on Instagram. Her handle is marydomhanstudio.



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Colleen DuVall has written articles, plays, short films, and a novel. Most recently, her work has been featured in her new blog, Off The Beaten Path for the Shepherd Express online (, and the Wisconsin Life radio show for WPR. She recently adopted a little grey and white cat named Tessa, after beloved 22-year-old Bootise passed on.


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