In the Summer of 2005 I packed up a car and headed west, out of my home state of New Jersey and towards a place I envisioned would be the desert. I landed in Durango, Colorado, and have finally understood what it is to love where you live.
Six years ago I joined up with Studio & Gallery, an artist-owned gallery, workspace and gathering place for arts and ideas of all sorts. On a weekly basis you can find me painting in there, or hanging a show, but otherwise I am home, creating art in a little cabin ten miles north of town.
All of my life, animals have been the thing I have found the very most joy in. They are absolutely beloved by me, every one of them. When I was twelve I vowed my vegetarianism in their defense, and twenty five years later I'm all in.
I paint portraits of animals I meet around southwest Colorado; when I travel the back county roads to search for a pasture, or am lucky enough to be invited to a local farm or ranch for a visit. I am a believer in kind treatment of all animals, and I give 10% of my proceeds to animal rescue and protection organizations.
Some of the ones I love are Peaceful Prairie Farm Animal Sanctuary, The Gentle Barn, The Rooster Sanctuary at Danzig's Roost, Farm Sanctuary, Giraffe Conservation Foundation and The Jane Goodall Institute, among many more.
Through my work, I am intending to create a portrait which honors the subject, but I am also intending to create an image that brings joy, promotes kindness and hopefully creates a connection of some type. Because I believe that kind and joyful connection might be what it's all about.