Many people have asked why I paint animals the way I do. I see animals as pure beings – emanations of God that are each perfectly designed to fill their specific niche within the system of this vast Universe. Even an ordinary dog or cow has a role to play in the system and is beautiful and precious to me. We humans have the opportunity to interact with all of these creatures to a greater or lesser degree. Our interactions affect the way they live, thereby affecting the system as a whole. While we have the ability to choose our experience of life, animals may not. Our unreflected choices can harm not only animals, but entire eco-systems, as was the case in Yellowstone National Park.
I believe all beings matter. I paint to make a connection through the eyes of one creature into the soul of another. Unique use of color makes the animals extra-ordinary, which makes them more noticeable. By making them visible I increase awareness of their importance in our world and foster stewardship for them.
International artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, whom I met this past Fall, has a similar message regarding deforestation with his Blue Trees project.
I believe everything ever created, from atoms to planets, is completely unique and created for a Purpose. We all matter. If nothing else, I hope that my paintings can impart a passion for Life and the pure wonder of it all.
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