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When Leeza Hernandez, the artist behind Leezaworks, LLC couldn’t find the right black cat art to give as a gift for her friend, she turned to her sketchbook for a solution.
“I’ve always doodled cats, because they’ve always been present in my life ever since I was a kid,” Leeza said. “Thanks to the encouragement of friends, a local cat shelter and a nosey, but polite man on a plane in Europe who congratulated me on capturing just the right cattitude in a sketch—I now create (mostly) black cat art for others and I love it!”
Leeza prefers to keep the work simple and always aims to distill a scene, or some crazy cat antics down to the bare minimum. Artwork such as Cats in the Laundry—one of her best-selling prints–showcases her love of limited color palettes and minimal shapes in a graphic way.
In the fall of 2020, Leeza partnered with Dear Stella [@dearstellafab] a fabric manufacturer and saw the release of her debut fabric collection “Les Chats Noirs” which is now available in her Etsy shop. Other customer faves include stickers and Nigel the Black Cat Plushie. Nigel was so popular at the previous CatCon From Your Couch event, he sold out, but you can get your paws on one in the next batch of Nigels via a pre-order listing.
One goal that’s become a reality for the Leezaworks, LLC studio is helping cats in need. A portion of proceeds made through the sales of Leeza’s art is donated to shelters across the country. In 2020, Nigel the Black Cat Plushie (based on one of Leeza’s illustrations) was brought to life and for every sale of a Nigel, $8 is donated back to helping kitties in need.
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