'The Complete Cat' – artist biographies part 4

Here at iCatCare we are very excited about the upcoming art exhibition ‘The Complete Cat’, held in collaboration with the Society of Feline Artists (SOFA).
The exhibition will be held 24th November – 8th December 2018 in the beautiful Rook Lane gallery in Frome, Somerset.
SOFA is a federation of talented professional artists working in a wide range of media and styles but united by their interest in the feline form.
In the build-up to the exhibition, we will be bringing you biographies of the artists involved and examples of their stunning work. To see all of the biographies and examples we have shared so far click here.
A very generous 25% of the sales of all the artwork will be committed to our work for cats around the world.
We really hope to see you there!


Gayle Mason

Gayle is an animal and wildlife artist who works in a realistic style. She has corporate and private collectors of her original paintings and giclee prints throughout the world.

She developed her love of animals and the countryside as a child when she spent many happy hours watching animals and birds in the wilder parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. A degree in Zoology from Liverpool University added an understanding of structure and form to the more intimate knowledge of behaviour she gained from many hours of observation.

Gayle researches each animal or bird in as much detail as possible before painting or drawing them and she particularly enjoys portraying the detail in the fur and feathers of her subjects. A small stream has been created in her garden which together with two ponds and a small area sown with meadow flowers encourages visits by many species of birds and small mammals.

Each year, Gayle visits North America to enjoy the remote places and seek inspiration from the wild animals she encounters - including wolves, coyotes and grizzly bears in Yellowstone and Black Bears and Moose in Canada. However, she continues to get as much pleasure in the many small animals that she finds on her travels as the large impressive ones. 

Gayle has written several articles for Leisure Painter magazine on coloured pencil techniques and is the tutor for the London Art College Pet Portrait Diploma course.

Gayle lives in Yorkshire with her husband and several rough collies. 

The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery Award 2013 for 'Big Red'

The Association of Animal Artists 'Chairman' Award 2015 for 'The Dipper' at the Matin Mere Exhibition

Gayle has been selected for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year at The Mall Galleries, London and the prestigious National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in the UK.  

By Gayle Mason


Jacqueline A. Gaylard

Jacqueline is a professional artist and lives with her family in Devon. 

She studied Graphic Design and soon after her training decided to convert her true passion, painting, into a full-time career.

Jacqueline paints a wide variety of subjects, but animals are one of her favourites, whether wild or domestic. She especially enjoys painting cats, and as a member of the Society of Feline Artists (S.O.F.A), she has the opportunity to explore the joys of portraying the complex feline form.

She is a fellow member of The Wildlife Art Society International (FWASI), and has exhibited in the National Exhibition Wildlife Art and with the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society. She has also produced work through the Commissions department of The Federation of British Artists at Mall Galleries, London and exhibited with the Society of Wildlife Artists and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

In The Secret Garden by Jacqueline A. Gaylard


Kay Young

Kay lives in Surrey, working mainly in watercolour. She joined the Society of Feline Artists in 1996, exhibiting in the first SOFA exhibition at the LLewellyn Alexander Gallery and every year to 2017.

Amur Leopard by Kay Young

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