This is a mixed media piece using instant coffee, pastel and charcoal. It is in memory of Mary, the Erwin, Tennessee Elephant, a very sad story that I won’t go into now. When I graduated with my Master of Fine Arts Degree, I had a thesis exhibition entitled “Symbiosis.” The entire exhibit was about elephants, how they have touched my life and that of others. If you would like to learn more about Mary, here is a link to her story, but be forewarned, it is very sad. That is why I was moved to draw her. I needed to find some way to honor her.
Brownie is my mischievous little monster and I adore him. He is definitely a mama’s boy!!! I found Brownie when he was a little pup. He was running down a busy Tennessee highway, fast as his little legs could carry him. I pulled my truck over and ran to him. When i bent to pick him up, he cried and cried as if to say how tired he was. Needless to say he won my heart. After searching for a good home for him and finding one, I broke down and told the adopters I could’nt let him go. I have never regretted it for a minute.
This is Rocky. He has a sad story but I hope I’ve helped in some way to make his life better. He and his little buddy, Jake came to live with me when Rocky was 12 years old. His caretaker had passed from cancer and the woman’s husband decided to surrender the dogs to the local shelter. The story broke my heart so of course they came to live with me. Thanks to the wonderful Jenifer Parry Steele of Newport Animal Shelter for making this happen. She does so much to help animals every day. Rocky has blessed my life many times over. He is very protective of me and follows my every footstep. Each morning he comes to me and gives me a big lick across the face as if to say, “Thanks Mom.
This is a traditional pencil drawing done on Yupo, a type of synthetic paper, normally used for watercolor. The eyes are done in watercolor and a bit of colored pencil. This pup’s name is Fergie and yes, her eyes are really that blue! the reason I drew the chain around her neck is because Fergie lives her life chained up, 24/7. She lives in a very poor rural area of West Virginia. A longtime friend of mine, went to this small town with the group, Appalachian Service Project to help people in the area with carpentry repairs and such. That is when he met Fergie and brought back pictures of her. She broke my heart.