After turning 40, Cynthia Schmidt took up painting. As the owner of 4 temperamental cats, she was consumed by their cranky personalities, as much as by their cute, furry qualities.
One of her early paintings featured a green cat with purple whiskers. When that painting sold, she took it as a good sign and decided to stick with the same theme.
Her Cranky Cat Collection appears on note cards, matted prints, ceramic tiles, tote bags and on the annual Cranky Cat Calendar.