A blog diary that follows my work as a representational still life and animal portraiture watercolorist.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Baldwin and Carly
Patty, one of my best friends in Stratford, won the "name my portrait business" contest, and this is photo of the resulting portrait of Carly her Springer Spaniel, caught in a rare quiet moment!
Baldwin - a gray and white fluff of a cat with brilliant green eyes - passed away last year and Karin, director of the Stratford Cat Project, still mourns her lost friend. Karin dedicates her life to rescuing abandoned cats and kittens. She founded a group that fosters cats, holds fundraisers to pay for their care, and organizes an army of volunteers throughout the area to work in a myriad of ways ensuring that each cat and kitten has a safe haven or is given the opportunity of finding their forever home.
My work is primarily focused on still life in watercolor, but I also enjoy studying and painting animals that I encounter through rescue shelters or in wildlife rehabilitation preserves. This blog is dedicated to my works in animal portraiture - both candid and posed - to benefit the rescue and care of animals in need.
In my paintings, I seek to reveal the gentle soul reflected in the eyes and demeanor of the animal's pose. Rescue stories are hidden in the contours of a furry face and told through the perk of an ear or the happy loll of a tongue that contradicts the existence of an old scar. The sweet personality that comes through a moment of time captured painting an animal is honest and compelling, and what I aim to bring forward. However fleeting a life can be, painting embraces it.
I create paintings for fundraisers to benefit the Stratford Animal Rescue Society (S.T.A.R.S.) in Stratford, CT and have worked in the past with the Stratford Cat Project and Wildlife in Refuge in Wilton, CT. Since recently moving to New Hampshire, I look towards finding new rescue and animal refuge organizations that might benefit from my work as an artist.