Connie Kottmann has been drawing cartoons for decades.  A few years ago, she began drawing whimsical cats, which she’s nicknamed Happy Cats.  “I sometimes set the cats in a large scene, which gives me the opportunity to create many different personalities interacting with each other,” she says.  “More recently I’ve been focusing on individuals and smaller groups of cats, without scenery. Sometimes they’re just being cats; other times they are cats with distinctly human qualities!”

Happy 1st Day of School

I was inspired by my daughter, who had started student teaching in an elementary classroom that year.

Happy First Day of School, digital, 2012.

Beatnik Kitty

This cool cat just had to be drawn, sitting at a cafe table with a checked tablecloth, writing poetry and reading Jack Keroucat.

Beatnik Kitty, digital, 2016.

Love Cats

Who wouldn’t love a fresh fish for Valentine’s Day?

Love Cats pink, digital, 2012.

Happy Meowloween

I had a great time making this one, developing characters and costumes.
Happy Meowloween, digital, 2015.
I've been making art all of my life. I grew up on Coney Island, in Brooklyn New York in the 1960s and 70s. It was a unique setting, one which I took for granted during those years. (Doesn't everyone have a view of a roller coaster and the ocean from their living room window?) It wasn't until many years later that I realized how much that colorful and unusual environment had an impact on me as a young artist. I studied design and art history in college. Many years later I went back to school to earn my M.S. in Communication, landing me in my current job in higher education marketing communication. My husband and I have three children, and now that they are grown, I am spending more time making and promoting my art. A passion of mine is helping adults, especially those over 50, connect to their creativity to live a fuller life.


  1. Connie, I can’t help smiling at these whimsical cats! You do a wonderful job conveying personality through these creative cartoons. Best of luck as you bring these delightful designs to a wider public. They are sure to be a hit!

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