Notes on this painting
I paint in two sizes, 18″ x 24″ and 8″x10″. A popular painting in 18″ x 24″ is a cat with body and tail. I was at an art show, and a customer liked the cat because it reminded her of a cat that had just passed. She did not have space for the 18″ x 24″ in her place and wanted the design in 8″x10″. I then noticed that the face of the cat of in the 18″x24″ design was 8″x10″ by itself. I painted her a 8″x10″ cat face on the spot. Now that design is one of my most popular.
It is a long story, but I went into a animal shelter and adopted 702 cats all at once. It was a cat hoarding case, and we needed to gain ownership of the neglected cats in order to give them medical attention and to find them homes. The county who seized the cats could not adopt out cats to nonprofits, but could adopt to individuals. So with the stroke of a pen I personally adopted all of these cats. Then it was a simple matter to transfer ownership of these poor creatures to the rescuing operation. Rescuing those cats was some of the most rewarding work I have ever done.
About Zen ink brush painting
The art form has many different names. The most descriptive is ink brush painting or even just Zen painting. People around the world have been practicing this art form for over 2000 years. One goal is to capture the spirit of a subject with a minimal number of brush strokes. Once the brush hits the paper, the ink cannot be reworked.
Traditionally, the same subject is painted over and over. This is both to master painting the subject as well as provide focus and stability in the artist’s life. Tools of the craft include an ink stick made of pitch and soot, an ink grinding stone, paper, and a brush capable of making a thin line as well as a broad stroke.
I am an animal rights lawyer living in Seattle, Washington. I have worked to pass laws to reduce animal cruelty, rescued animals from large scale animal hoarders and natural disasters such as hurricane Katrina, and educate others in the field of animal law. This art allows me to connect with the spirit of these animals. Selling the art allows others to connect with the animals in a way that can only be achieved through art.
I sell these painting, originals, not prints, size 8×10 matted to 11×14 for $25.00.
Size 18×24, originals, not prints, sent in a mailing tube are $75.00.