“It’s all there, the cosmic round in the black circle with the white teeth!”
- Polly Thayer, 2001 interview
Benny (Benison) was Polly Thayer (Starr)’s last cat, and a blessing he was. Born on the farm where she had spent her childhood summers, he insisted on being adopted in spite of Thayer’s reluctance to take on a new family member in her mid-90s, particularly as her eyesight was diminishing rapidly. It turned out to be a sublime match, and in spite of her poor vision, Thayer’s hand could not resist the urge to try to capture his essence. These few last drawings, most done in magic marker for its contrast, give hints as to what she saw and how she cared.