When Polina Whitetail’s best friend asked her to draw a portrait of her family for a Christmas card, it sparked her to start making portraits of other couples and families. While this was a great way into an artistic career, she found it more stressful than enjoyable to have the responsibility of representing a person accurately. It wasn’t until Whitetail took a break from her art that she was able to shift her focus from commissioned portraits of people to something she truly loved: drawing pets, particularly silly cats full of personality. Through the years, Whitetail has dabbled in different mediums and changed her style, and she has recently been exploring the art of tattooing. Through all the exploration and experimentation, one thing remains constant: cats will always be at the heart of her work.

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