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I have studied art throughout my life starting at a young age being taught by my father, a book illustrator. I then went on to study at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, The Art Institute Online of Pittsburgh, and the Academy of Art University of San Francisco. I recently completed a Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in another of my passions, Environmental Science. I created art that I printed on cards and commissioned to local gift shops, but it was not until I started my pet care business in 2010 that I was inspired to do pet portrait art. Our fur babies are as much a part of our families as our humans, and I enjoy capturing not only their likeness, but their character, humor, and spirit. My portraits have been done in charcoal, oil, and acrylic with my present works being done mostly in pastel.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wild Roots

"Wild Roots" 11x17 Pastel Drawing
This week's drawing was inspired by a book I came across at the library called "The Cat Encyclopedia". The book includes a small introduction to the history of cats. I have been hearing a common opinion lately, also expressed briefly in the book, that cats are not truly domesticated. My veterinarian shares this opinion.

The photo I used for this drawing came about because my cat was exploring a small ledge in our basement. She was drawn to its narrow path and its height above the floor. I immediately took some photos thinking this would be her in the wild, scaling trees and keeping an eye on the world below her.

I want to share a statistic from the book that I found interesting. Under the section titled "Cat species around the world" it states, "Wildcats are successful in evolutionary terms in that they were once widespread and found in many different habitats, but most species are now either endangered or threatened. In contrast, there are an estimated 600 million domestic cats worldwide."

I find it ironic that we care more for the smaller version of the wild cats than the wild cats themselves. There must be an instinctual, or perhaps more habitual reason, that humans take compassion for some animals, and not others.

So in the spirit of staying true to our natures, watch your fur baby for signs of  their wild roots and appreciate where they came from. They are survivors, instinctual and probably have a better grasp of the natural world than we do, despite humans imposing domestication.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cleveland Diversity and Art

A collage of my recent pastel pet art.
One of the things I am growing to love about Cleveland is the diversity. I say this as a vague term because all of life is diverse really, but all species are guilty of segregating themselves from each other. Even so, it is nice to be surrounded by various cultures, food, languages, and especially creativity.

To share in the spirit of diversity and creativity, I am posting a collage I put together of my most recent pastel pet art. It is ironic that humans are far more apt to welcome a variety of species of animals from different parts of the world into their home, with varying diets and customs, and yet so uneasy about doing the same for fellow humans.

My perspective, we all share this amazing place together. I see the differences as a positive instead of a negative. Some people see the differences as offensive and intrusive, but I see it as I see animals differences, humorous, charming, and on a deeper level, educational. We can learn from each other, be teachers to each other, or we can have tunnel vision. Life is art and certainly open to criticism, but it doesn't have to be negative. Perhaps flipped upside-down all we would see, is the eyes of another living soul staring back at us, and we would smile. :)