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Welcome to
Calico Studios
The art of Stephanie Faleski
Smithfield, VA

About the Artist

Stephanie Faleski worked in the field of graphic design and illustration for many years, including more than 20 years in the Communications Department at PPL Corporation, a Fortune 500 company with headquarters in Allentown, PA. Since 2003, she has focused on fine art and commissioned projects including historical illustrations, posters for animal rescue and Armed Forces Week, and numerous animal portraits. Stephanie is a resident artist and instructor at the Arts Center @ 319 in Smithfield, Virginia. Her work is also available at Blue Skies Gallery In Hampton, Virginia. Recent career highlights include:

  • Paintings of local Revolutionary War heroine Elizabeth Bennett Young and Civil War hero Randall Booth on permanent display at the Isle of Wight County Courthouse
  • Artwork and poetry included in Dogs That Capture Our Hearts by Kim Maselli, published by Creative Pursuits, Cary, NC.
  • Third place in 2017 Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation Bra-ha-ha®
  • Award for "Most Inspirational" in 2018 Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation Bra-ha-ha®
  • Wrote and directed Flotilla 5-9, a YouTube video for the Smithfield, VA Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Second place award in Hampton Art League ”Small Works 2015”
  • Smithfield 2020 banner competition award winner
  • Two-time award winner in the Plein Air 757 regional juried painting competition
  • First place winner in the Isle of Wight Arts League 2011, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Members Exhibitions


About the Calico

Like thousands of cats across the USA, the calico who inspired this web site was born feral, homeless and terrified of human contact. Fortunately, she lived in a colony monitored by animal rescue volunteers. Under their watch, she survived her first fragile months of life without starving, freezing, contracting a terminal disease or being hit by a car. At 6 months of age, she was trapped, spayed and adopted into a loving home where she lived happily for many years.

Fun facts about calico cats
  • Calico cats are not a breed. Calico coloring can occur in many different types of cats.
  • Because of genetics, virtually all calico cats are female.
  • If a cat is predominantly black and orange, with few or no white markings, it is known as a tortoiseshell. If the cat has large areas of white, with spots of orange and black, it is a calico.
  • Dogs of similar coloration are known as brindles or tricolors. As with cats, the coloration can occur in many different breeds.
  • Both calico and tortoiseshell cats may be dilute or pastel, with markings of gray and tan rather than orange and black.
  • Calico cats are named after the fabric, not the other way around. The fabric originated centuries ago in a town in India known to the British as Calicut.
  • In the United States, calico fabric is a cotton material with a small print. In the UK, calico fabric is a form of muslin and does not necessarily have a pattern.
  • Calico cats are thought to be lucky in many cultures.
  • The calico cat is one of Maryland's official state animals.