Stunning work. The cat reminds me of the fugitive "Henry" who escaped from my ex-girlfriend's brutal regime (no prawns, no milk, no proper luve) just before I did. He escaped across a reservoir in the city of Sheffield (England) to relative safety. I'd like to think he found his way to Sean Bean, Jarvis Cocker or Phil Oakey.
Such a lovely composition! The placement of forms on the picture plane and the tension shown in the hands is wonderful. Your painting technique also suggests age and distance....away in time and yet uncannily I feel the moment is very real and now. There seems to be a swinging between the two states of being. Some-how shut off but still there. Congratulations on the well deserved DD for this beautiful study of introspection.