“The Sleeping Cat” by Mary Wormell is a hand-coloured linocut depicting a cat that belonged to the artist and her family named Barnaby, who was recovered from a cat rescue centre. Although they initially believed the cat to be male they later discovered that it was female, but decided to keep the name. Barnaby features in Wormell's work frequently.
Mary Wormell is both a writer and illustrator of children's books. Most of her work is based on animals, including Bernard the Rooster, a kitten named Barnaby and a series based around Hilda Hen. She provided the pictures for the words of Dick King Smith in his book 'Sporty Pig'. Her books have been published both in the UK and the USA.
Mary was born in 1959 in Leicestershire but grew up in London, she moved to the Scottish Borders in 1988. She has had her works displayed in several galleries in Edinburgh, the Borders and London.
Her work includes both painting and linocuts.