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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis (KSDK) - It's never nice to call people names, but Jay Thompson is a self-proclaimed curmudgeon. It says so on his website.

"I think as you get older you don't have to agree with everything everybody says," Thompson explained.

He's also a rather interesting guy with a wild imagination that comes to life through his art.

"This one here is called Got Milk," Thompson said.

It's a collection he calls Cat Works and others call, "I've heard creepy, uh, weird," Thompson said.

Each piece comes with a story which makes it sort of hard to get a straight answer about what it takes to create a piece.

"So that's made up of almost 40 photographs," Thompson explained.

That's true and so is the fact that every cat you see in his pieces is a shelter cat.

"I'll go shoot maybe 500, 600 shots hoping to get maybe 20 that I can use," Thompson said.

He doesn't forget the felines after that he donates artwork that the shelters then auction off. So he's not only creating fun, conversation-starting pieces, he's also giving something back and well that makes him at least a loveable curmudgeon.

You can see Cat Works in person at Taste of St. Louis weekend.

To learn more about the event, visit the Taste of St. Louis website or Thompson's website.


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