11/09/2012 10:16 am ET

'She Gets It:' Artist Depicts Woman And Cat's Special Bond

Greg Pittsley took a photo on his cell phone of his mother Charlotte sitting with her cat. Three weeks later, on Dec. 11, she died.

Just after his mother’s death, Pittsley walked by Ann Ponce’s artist studio in Ravenswood and saw a portrait of a cat.

He said to himself, “she gets it.” Pittsley walked in, pulled out the cell phone photo and asked Ponce to paint his mother.

“It’s an old lady holding a cat,” Ponce said. “That’s simply wonderful, so I had to paint it.”

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