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Almost finished with this big guy. I had a very productive weekend; finished my proposal for the “Art on the Atlanta Beltline” project, made significant progress on 3 pieces for ATHICA’s upcoming Mystery Triennial show (opening May 17th).

As I was about to stop painting for the day, but I decided to work on the polar bear and I’m glad I did. I put on some Johnny Thunders and trudged on through and the painting is coming along very nicely, I think.

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I grew up with a veterinarian as a father and an artist as a mother. Having a father as a veterinarian instilled in me a deep affinity for animals. All the animal companions we took in were rejects from Dad’s practice whom clients had left behind.

Helping out at my father’s practice gave me direct behind-the-scenes access into the lives of animals on a daily basis. It is hard to pinpoint an exact time, but I was very young when I slowly realized that animals were not all that different than humans. Time and time again I saw various cats and dogs expressing emotion and feeling beyond basic instinct. Witnessing both happy moments and not so happy moments between owners and pets made me realize the massive impact animals have on humans and vice versa. Some call it energy. Some call it spirit. But we can all agree that there is something connecting us all. To paraphrase: We are not animal beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having an animal experience.

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