The Poor Patron - Dunkin' Donut Cats by Breanna Welsh

The Poor Patron - Dunkin' Donut Cats by Breanna Welsh


The Poor Patron is a project meant to loosen the everyday strictures of the client/artist relationship. The artist is welcomed to create work based on any MarninSaylor themes or imagery with no creative input, due within a "when it's done" deadline.

We are pleased to offer prints of our Poor Patron collaborations. This is the fifteenth in the series, titled Dunkin' Donut Cats by Seattle artist Breanna Welsh. Watch as a few terrified Donut Cats attempt to escape the dreaded coffee cup!

This art is printed on high-quality, heavyweight, matte, archival paper, and measures 13"x19". Sold unframed, shipped rolled. Half the proceeds from the sale of these prints go directly to the artist.

Be sure to read our interview with Breanna below.


For us, Pike Place Market is so much more than a place to sell our wares. It's a community - the artists befriend each other, help each other, feud with each other ... just like a tiny town. Occasionally that sense of community spills out from behind the table, and brings a customer into the fold. Breanna Welsh was one of those customers. She loved our work, as it aligned perfectly with her love of cats, pizza, and sweets, and she later sent us an adorable video she had made featuring just those things. We knew right away that we had to commission a Poor Patron Poster from her, and the result - an adorable trio of terrified Donut Cats falling into an equally terrified coffee cup - doesn't disappoint. 

Breanna has lived all over; the midwest, the south, and now Seattle. She brings with her a diverse array of influences and talents, and pours this heady mixture into each and every design and dreamy illustration she produces. Read on to learn more about Breanna, her processes, and inspirations from lands near and far.

You grew up in Detroit and attended college at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia. Both of those cities are very distinctive and have strong communities of artists. Do you feel that living in either (or both) of those places has influenced your aesthetic in any way? And have you found any new inspiration since relocating to Seattle?

I'd actually say growing up in Western Washington before moving to the Metro Detroit area is probably the biggest influence in my life. Living in the Pacific Northwest provided me with a strong love of nature and exploring, which is reflected in my illustration work. I'm always experimenting with new styles, mediums and creative outlets. I never stick to any one thing for a long time!

Being a teenager in Detroit you don't experience much of the art scene, but college was entirely different. There's something about being on a campus with 8,000 other artists that'll influence you for the rest of your life! Having left that, relocating to Seattle has been harder in that sense, especially since I work from home. I'm no longer near creative people, and that separation is super apparent. But, there are tons of way to still receive inspiration and to channel it in positive ways into your work! And of course, being back out west just puts me back with the nature that I've missed.

You are equally talented in illustration and graphic design - we love your enigmatic and fantastical india ink drawings as well as your playful and clean vector work. Do these two styles play off of and inspire one another, or do use one as a relief from the other?

Unfortunately, I'm just a slow painter - I love spending hours on detailed line work, textures, and environments! I just prefer my illustrations to be rich and full of life. Having said that, my transition into simple and flat illustration was to see if I could really just work faster. I think it's starting to result in a cool blended style!

One thing we've noticed throughout all of your work is a really great sense for color palettes. Is this a particular interest of yours that you've cultivated, or is it just led by what each project seems to call for? 

I started out as a watercolor artist, and for years I only painted traditionally. Working that way forces you to learn how to mix colors and to build up color with layers of paint. Painting digitally is very different, but it also allows you to really take the time to find the right color pallet - which is so essential to the final result! 

What are your plans for your future and the future of your work? Any passion projects in the wings that you'd like to share? 

I work as a full time designer, so now I just want to focus on my illustrations. I'll probably just keep drawing cute animals and flowers for enjoyment, and to see where I can push my new emerging style! I also want to keep experimenting with GIFs, and animation in illustration. 

You really seem to love cats, and cake, and cats eating cake. We also love all of those things, and we heard that you recently adopted a kitten! So tell us a little about your kitten, and also your favorite places to eat cake. Because that's what our readers really care about. 

I'm actually rather allergic to cats! I love kitties, but they cause me so much pain! But, I recently adopted a hypoallergenic cat ... and magically, everything has been extra fine so far. He's super fluffy and likes to snuggle up in my lap! He's such a little cutie-pie. 

See more of Breanna's work on her website.

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