Dogs leap for balls, and squirrels clutch their prize candy corn. Traditional portraiture takes on an ethereal interpretation with the incorporation of assorted media including plaster, collage, oil, acrylics, beeswax, metal leaf, gems, and glitter. Mary’s unique technique produces a highly textured masterful portrait with surprising depth and luminescence.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” – James Cromwell
“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” –George Eliot
My late brother Jim had a quiet unassuming way about him. Sickly as a child, he turned to nature for his solace. He could observe the micro-world of insects for hours on end. He collected all manner of fascinating and colorful bugs trading with others throughout the world. Working quietly in the solitude of his bedroom laboratory, he painstakingly cataloged, pinned, and labeled each creepy-crawly with perfect tiny hand lettering on microscopic tags.
This same patience and quiet respect allowed him later in life to capture intimate scenes of nature through his camera lens. The legacy of portraits he left is a great source for my paintings and a constant reminder of him. The expression captured on this groundhog is pure Jim, and he has brought so much inspiration to my work. The addition of the candy corn is mine.
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