The painting is of two Siamese cats, one evidently the mother, the other her adorable kitten, both with piercing blue eyes. It is signed at lower left and on the reverse is the circa 1970's or 1980's business card of the talented and prolific California artist Lenore Beran, who passed away in 2005. The work, which measures 10" by 8" and 15" by 13" in its olive green wood frame, the painting has a small 1/2" puncture near the right edge (frame has a little wear). The painting has a small 1/2" puncture near the right edge hidden in the design. Lenore Beran was born in Chicago and was in California by 1940. She was very active in the local art community, as president of the Burbank Art Association, and as a member of a number of other local art groups. Beran enjoyed considerable commercial success with her paintings and later with a series of collector plates bearing her images. Her work was offered in her own gallery in Sherman Oaks and also in Hawaii. Her style is impressionistic and modern sometimes as well, with figures and native Americans often featured. Collage and decoupage is often utilized in her works. A familiar figure around the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, late in life she lived in Placerville, California, in the heart of the California Gold Country. Judging from a raft of comments on the askart site, she has many admirers and devoted collectors of her work.
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