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Cat and Milk Studio: artwork by Caroline Devereaux.  Illustration, commissioned art, comics and sketches from an artist in Baltimore, Maryland.


Cat and Milk Studio news, and anecdotes from artist, Caroline Devereaux. Illustrations in progress and sales and discounts on commission portraits are posted here. 

Moose the Cat

Caroline Devereaux

It is only my third week of self-employment, but already I am scrambling to put together a blog post to meet my once-per-week goal.

We have a beautiful old bureau in our living room that serves as an art-project purgatory. One of my big accomplishments this week was organizing said dresser and pulling out all the art work that, until recently, I felt I didn't have time to finish.

Like this portrait of a cat.  I finished it this afternoon, but it was started over a year ago as part of a barter.

Last year, my partner came across a suspiciously inexpensive Egon Schiele painting for auction on ebay.  Expecting nothing more than a larf, he bid on the thing just before bed.  In the morning, we discovered that we'd just acquired a beautiful 'original' Schiele for $65 + shipping. 

Whether or not this piece is really the handiwork of one of my all-time-favorite artists, I can not say. On the one hand, the signature is spot-on, and I think that the subject looks a lot like the artist's wife, Edith. On the other cost $65. Whatever it's origins, we really love owning this gorgeous piece, and it means a lot to us as one of the first pieces of art we collected together. 

We asked our friend who works at a framing shop if she could dress up our new acquisition. We wanted to spare no expense: archival everything; wood frame...the works. In exchange for the fabulous job she did, I drew a portrait of her dearly departed cat, Moose. 

I had spent several evenings in Moose's genial company.  I knew her to be a very serene old broad, and-- even more than most cats-- a connoisseur of fine sunshine. I wanted to convey her tranquility and recreate the contented expression that we loved about her.

Living Wills and Other Necessities for Cleaning the Tub.

Caroline Devereaux

Like many folks living with depression and anxiety, I spend an inordinate amount of time wondering if I am about to die. 

As I was cleaning the bathroom today, of course I considered the possibility that I might die.  Dying as a result of slipping in a wet tub would be a terrible way to go - mainly because of the humiliation factor. If this DOES ever happen to me, I'd like my epitaph to read: 

"Caroline died the way she lived: not quite finishing stuff." 


This sketch is my first attempt at drawing with a stylius on a tablet computer.  I'm experiencing quite a bit of hand-fatigue since I couldn't rest my hand on the touch-screen.  Other than that, I'm pretty happy about the purchase of a lower-end stylus from Adonit - the JOT MINI is easy to use, well made, and has a nice weight to it. It's worth noting that the pen must be held upright in order to make a mark, so if you are pen-leaner, this might not be the fake pen for you. 

Chicken Poop Lasagna

Caroline Devereaux

Baltimore City ordinances dictate that our chicken coop must be mobile. However, Baltimore City rats mandate security modifications that will make the coop immobile.  Like burying wire 12" into the lawn. 


In order to thwart our furry neighbors, we wrapped 1/2" hardware cloth around the bottom of our coop.  The result is a rather unpleasant industrial-style floor for the ladies ("rage cage"), but the added weight was negligible.  This week I will cushion their tootsies and learn about COMPOSTING as we try out "Deep Litter Bedding Method.

A sketch from Kauai.  I sold these for $15 a pop -- more than enough for a day at the beach. 

A sketch from Kauai.  I sold these for $15 a pop -- more than enough for a day at the beach. 

The deep litter method, according to my research, involves making the floor of your chicken coop serve double duty as the compost bin. The bedding breaks down,  giving off heat for the birds in winter, and this method is way less maintenance pour moi (bonus.)  The coop will probably not be "mobile," when filled with lasagna-like layers of wood shavings and chicken poo, but we can call a bunch of friends over to lift it if the inspector comes to call. 

I've always been leery of composting, as it seems to entail a lot of science. Tracking 'greens' and 'browns' and having just the right depth for the heat and weight to break things down. In short,  I don't really want to think about garbage that much. But the great thing about being unemployed is that I have all these extra brain cells laying around, and all the time in the world to research garbage, so all I have to do is muster some motivation.