"I can say that I am always inspired by what I see around me. I have never had a cat, but people I know have had or do have cats, and they are fascinating ... maybe because I am allergic and can't have one. They are usually funnier than dogs, which I can and do have.

I have a special interest in animals ... always have ... and I have a sympathetic view of people who may be more on the fringe, maybe because I have always felt myself to be there. I regard my heavier ladies as substantial and usually purposeful ... contented women, not in the least at a disadvantage. I like their small rituals, their independance and their certainty. Men are more incidental, as you've probably seen. So much of what I paint is autobiographical."

Erika Oller, August 2009.
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