Cat Tesla

Cat Tesla

Atlanta, GA, United States

About Cat Tesla

My work includes both ethereal landscapes and abstract designs. I begin my mornings with meditation and then to my studio to paint.

Tesla’s "Chrysalis Series" is an abstraction of nature done in oil and mixed media. The resulting smaller paintings are windows looking outward, while the larger paintings are abstract nature-scapes you can walk right into.

Cat retired from a career working in human genetics to become a full-time international artist. Early in Tesla’s genetics career she began her practice of yoga, hiking, and mindful meditation. It was inevitable that Mother Nature would become Tesla’s muse.

My meditation landscape series are soft ethereal works done in layers of acrylic and oil glazes. This series creates a sense of place, rather than a literal place: a feeling of expansiveness, sky, earth, water.

During the 2020 pandemic, Tesla began to focus on non-objective paintings and began her "Feeling Good" Series. Gestural marks, line, shape, color, this series evokes joy & free expression. “As a glass half-full type of person, my abstract series of paintings expresses my joy and gratitude for each and every day.” I used painting as a way to anchor myself and remain positive and hopeful that life would eventually get better. I knew one day we would all be feeling good again.

Everyone has gifts from the Creator. I believe it is the duty of each to share our gifts with the planet. My paintings are a brave look inward – revealing what lies beneath both literally and spiritually. Yogi’s call it the “divine flame” – the spark that motivates you in life. In Buddha’s words, “Look within, thou art the Buddha”, while Jesus taught us that “The kingdom of heaven is within you”. For me, painting is the most life affirming thing to do.


-Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design, The Creative Circus (formerly the Southeastern Center for the Arts), Atlanta, GA, 1994
-M.S. in Genetic Counseling, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 1988
-B.S. in Biology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1986

Residencies & Additional Studies:
-2017 & 2018 International Artist in Residency Award, Chateau Orquevaux, Champagne-Ardenne, France
-2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Individual Studies & 2 Master Residencies with Steve Aimone, Artist, Writer, and Author of “Expressive Drawing”, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
-2018 Residency with Theresa Girard, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
-2015, 2016 Studies with Nicholas Wilton, Artist & Teacher, Art2Life Program, Sausalito, CA


Art on Centre, Amelia Island, FL
Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL
Gallery One, Naples, FL
Milward Farrell Fine Art, Madison, WI
Prairiebrook Arts, Overland Park, KS
Thomas Deans Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Wyecliff Gallery, London, UK


Selected Exhibitions:
-April 2021, 2 Woman Show, "Lift", Cat Tesla and Lisa Ridgers collaborative works from the Covid19 crisis, Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago, IL
-February 2021-April 2021, New Work by Gallery Artists, Chicago Art Source, Chicago IL
-December 14, 2019, Cat Tesla Pop-Up Show, Art on Centre Gallery, Fernandina Beach, FL
-September-October 2019, Color Show, North River Design District, Chicago, IL
-July-September, 2019, Group Show, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL
-February-April 2019, Fresh Paint, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL
-July-August, 2017, Summer Salon, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL
-March 2017, Women’s Group Show, Muse Gallery, Hilton Head, SC
-January 2017, Alchemy Group Show, Gallery43, Roswell, GA
-December 2016, Spectrum Miami/Art Basel, Steidel Fine Art Gallery
-July-September, 2016, Group Show, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL
-July-August, 2015, Abstract Art Show, Muse Gallery, Hilton Head, SC
-July-August, 2015, New Works: Summer Show, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL
-April 2014, ArtExpo NY, New York, NY
-March 2013, Featured Artist, T. Clifton Gallery, Memphis, TN
-August-October, 2012, Quinlan Arts Center, Solo Show, Gainesville, GA
-March 2012, Quinlan Arts Center, 34rd Annual Gala & Art Auction, Gainesville, GA
-September 2011, Art & Jazz Featured Artist, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Fundraiser, Atlanta, GA
-August 2011, “The Artists of Tula”, Gemena Gallery of Christ Church Presbyterian, Atlanta, GA
-May 2011, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art 2011 Art & Design Showhouse, Marietta, GA
-April 2011, Art in Bloom Gala & Art Market, Johns Creek Arts Center, Johns Creek, GA
-March 2011, Quinlan Arts Center, 33rd Annual Gala & Art Auction, Gainesville, GA
-October 2010, Featured Artist, T. Clifton Art, Memphis, TN
-September 2010, ArtScapes Show, Invitational, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
-July-August, 2010, Summer Group Show, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL
-April-June, 2010 Spring Show, Perlow-Stevens Gallery, Columbia, MO
-6-09 Cat Tesla & Mary Burrows, Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN
-2009 Atlanta Symphony Decorators’ Showhouse, Atlanta, GA
-3-09 Featured Artist, ArtXtravaganza Show, Webb School, Knoxville, TN
-1-09, ARTifacts group show, Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN
-2-08, ATLart[08], Featured Artist, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-5-07, Atlanta ARTHouse [07], Atlanta, GA
-5-07, Group Show, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-4-06, “Cat Tesla: New Works”, Solo Show, Canyon Road Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
-2-06 Featured Artist, Saks 5th Avenue Artist Market & Trinity Artist Market, Atlanta, GA
-12-05 “Annual Pin-Up Show”, Museum of Contemporary Art, group show, Atlanta, GA
-11-05 to 1-06, “Two Visions/Two Palettes”, Cat Tesla & Joel Barr, Urban ArtWorks, Alpharetta, GA
-8-05 to 10-05, “Scapes”, group show, Angled Art Gallery, Paducah, KY
-7-04 “Outside of the Box”, solo show, Eastern Short Art Center Gallery, Fairhope, AL
-02/03/04/05 Ann Jacob Gallery, Atlanta, GA & Highlands, NC
-97/98/99 Craftworx, Alpharetta, GA
-99/00/01/02 “Genesis Show”, Roswell Cultural Arts Ctr., Roswell, GA
-98/99/00 Heaven Blue Rose Gallery, Roswell, GA
-99/00/01 Matilda’s Enchanted Cottage, Alpharetta, GA
-98/99/00 Primitive Eye Gallery, Decatur, GA
-01/02 Vermilion Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-99 William W. Fincher, Jr. & Eunice L. Fincher Visual Arts Ctr., Waleska, GA