I believe we are all born creative, although many of us believe we lose it somewhere along the way. Maybe we think we are growing out of it, or we are too busy. I certainly felt that way. After years of neglecting my creativity I started painting pet portraits & donating 20% of the commission fees to my favorite pet rescue, Out of the Woods. Not only did it feel good to be creative again, but it also felt amazing to know I was doing something to help homeless animals.
In early 2017 I found myself motivated once again to make art & donate 20% to another non-profit, this time it was the ACLU. Recently I was commissioned to paint an original piece for the Chairperson of the Democratic Party of Arkansas. Chairman Gray liked the painting so much that he wanted to give prints of it to speakers at the 2017 Summer Gathering and Inaugural Clinton Dinner. Twenty percent of sales from the 2017 Blue Donkey prints will benefit the Democratic Party of Arkansas.
As I look back at the art created over the last 9 years, it isn't just the art that stays with me. I see the causes that are close to my heart and benefit from commissions and print sales. I see the hard-working volunteers and employees who are doing so much more than putting paint on canvas to support the same non-profits, public servants and others working to make the world a better place... and I just feel even more inspired. Thank you for your interest in and support of my art.
“We are born makers. We move what we’re learning from our head to our heart through our hands.” -Brene’ Brown
Photo courtesy of Darius Walton