Tesla is a contemporary artist who mediates before heading into the studio to paint. Her landscapes evolve from several layers of color and glazes applied to canvas or birch, where the landscape is “carved” out of an abstracted background.
Cat lives on a lake 25 miles from downtown Atlanta in Snellville, Georgia, where the town’s motto is “everybody is somebody”. To her the water is meditative and healing, where every moment one can feel the presence of a higher power. Inspired by these surroundings as well as a desire to experiment with different mediums, Tesla is a master of design and color. Southern Living Magazine described her work as complex, where “organic landscapes and abstract elements meet structured grids and lines”. Indeed she is an accomplished abstract and landscape painter, and in many of her works, the two are married.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Catherine “Cat” Tesla has lived in the Atlanta area for nearly half her life. A former genetic counselor on faculty at Emory University’s Department of Human Genetics, years ago Cat traded genetics clinic for art studio.
Cat’s work is in public and private collections worldwide, including the permanent collections at the University of Miami and University of Seattle. Tesla’s work has also appeared in numerous publications, including four covers of the medical journal Genetics in Medicine (including one with a research article written by her), in addition to Southern Living magazine, Art Galleries and Artists of the South, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, American Art Collector, the Emory Report, and Studio Visit magazine. Tesla’s artwork has also been exhibited in two shows at the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee.