Joy of Animals
Medium: Open Edition
Image Size: 18" x 26"
Prints available from Ontario
S.P.C.A. offices and Humane Societies, or you may order a signed
poster from the artist.
In 1997, I was contacted by a representative of the
Ontario S.P.C.A. and asked to do an image they could use for "Be Kind
to Animals" Week (the first week in May). The image should have
farm animals and wildlife as well as the more familiar animals like dogs and
cats that people associate with the S.P.C.A. In addition, they wanted
to get across the idea that people should try to make their yards and gardens
more bird- and butterfly-friendly.
I was given just a week and a half to come up with an image. ACK!!
After ten days, I finally had all my reference material together and had figured
out how I was going to do the piece, and I begged for more time, knowing I
couldn't go from a quick pencil sketch to a finished piece in another 24 hours. I
got an extension, and finished the piece in pastel, which is a much faster
medium than paint or coloured pencil. It took a total of three weeks
from start to finish, though I had very little sleep in that time.
As soon as it was done, I drove blearily to the head office in Newmarket, Ontario,
to present my masterpiece. Taking one look at it, the representative
said, "Oh, we can't use this for 'Be Kind to Animals' Week. It's
much too good for that." The image was turned into a poster which
has raised many thousands of dollars for the O.S.P.C.A. Knowing I have
been able to help in this way has been one of my proudest accomplishments.