There are a number of things regarding fat life and fat community that I could write about, but to tell the truth, I’m just not in the mood for something serious.  So off I go to my Pinterest boards to see what might bring a smile to my (and hopefully, your) face. 

And there she is – Shelly Wilkerson. 

Her story is interesting.  Thirty years of planning and scheduling large projects for construction, aerospace, transportation and energy all over the US.  Then came 9/11:

Shelly’s whimsical art came about following the tragedy of 9/11 when she was one among many contractors involved in lay off. After remaining glued to the television in the same state of shock as the rest of the nation, she eventually knew that America would have to learn to smile again. She combined the three things that she felt she knew the most about; old folks, cats and wine and the ‘Cat Companion’ Series was born! The country has been delighted by her whimsical “Mad Magazine meets Norman Rockwell” images ever since. She now paints and draws images wishing to bring about a smile. “In this day of so many stressful things, we need to focus and laugh about the good things in life. The comfort of long-time friends, the unconditional love of our furry companions and staying a little ‘nuts’, will keep us all sane!”

Shelly currently lives in Port Orchard, Washington with her photographer husband, Glen and their own eight feline ‘shed machines’. Her images are known throughout the country and she has fans in many countries. Shelly and Glen previously owned the ‘Crazy Lady Galleries’ located in Bremerton and Port Orchard, Washington but have now retired to seek out their passion of painting and photography. Her favorite quote is: “No ensemble is complete without a little cat hair.”

Her art is available through her website:

She has her art divided into a few different themes, but clearly the most prolific is the Cat Companion series, which is also my favorite.

The Cat Companion series is populated by old people – mostly fat – and often include their feline friends (with a dog or two thrown in for good measure). 

What’s not to love?  Fat old people and cats!  Win-win.

When I look at her paintings I feel like this is what I want my “golden” years to be.  Full of friends, cats, and laughter.

Here are some of my favorites of Ms. Wilkerson’s work, and of course, there are more on my Pinterest board – Fat Art – Shelly Wilkerson.

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