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31 01, 2012

Turtle Power – Rescue Team

2017-07-23T19:53:14+00:00 January 31st, 2012|0 Comments

I once had a pet turtle named Jack. I feel guilty for having kept him for so long, but Jack was released into a park pond later in his life. He was just one of many unusual animals that lived inside my family’s suburban home.

I loved all of my pets, even the slimy ones like Jack who weren’t as lucky as some other species to receive cute looking fur. Jack was also lucky, to some degree, to live the rest of his life in a natural environment. I was recently contacted by a group called the Turtle Rescue Team, a non-profit organization run by veterinary students at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. They provide medical, surgical and husbandry services free of charge in the hope of releasing rehabilitated turtles back into the wild. I was invited to submit a piece of artwork to donate for their 2nd Annual Turtle Team Rescue Benefit Sale. You can take a look at the other artwork submitted here.

I have to admit that I didn’t see how I could give up one of my new paintings so early on in my new business venture, but I also didn’t see how I could say no. This was such a good cause, and it was a way I could finally help do something that didn’t involve time or money I didn’t have. I thought about donating a print, but I couldn’t because my turtle painting was designed in such an awkward shape as to not translate well to print form. Finally, I decided to let it go. Once I made that decision, it was easy to follow through.

 

The auction was scheduled for January 25th – January 29th. I’m happy to report that the painting sold within the first few hours of the benefit! Not only did I get to participate in such a wonderful event, but I helped raise money that will go to take care of medical and surgical therapies for quite a few injured turtles.

http://www.turtlerescueteam.com/

Please go check out this amazing organization and help out in any way possible. The world is a better place because of the team. I know the turtles appreciate them.

21 12, 2011

Holiday Hopes

2016-01-05T10:07:18+00:00 December 21st, 2011|0 Comments

This year has been one of transition for me. This time last year I was mentoring 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, living in Texas, and working on my artwork at a level I was proud of. Now, at the end of 2011, I am living in central Virginia, socializing with my wife’s new peers at law school, and starting a small business centered around inexpensive animal paintings.

If you haven’t had the chance, head on over to my facebook page and my new online store. I’d like to revamp my website in the future so I can merge my portfolios and update it without using Flash. I think the new life style change hit me today when I ordered my new business cards and mailing labels. I’m now a brand, and that’s something I have to get used to. In the past it was solely about making great art; now it’s sorta blended in with making a living.

It hasn’t been easy, but it also has been about as smooth as it could be considering we’re living in such a bad recession. I don’t know how next year will go, but I’m hoping my business continues to grow so that I can be able to fund the passion I’ve fought for all these years. Happy Holidays!

8 11, 2011

Mouse

2016-01-05T10:02:06+00:00 November 8th, 2011|0 Comments

A cute little mouse hungry for a nice slice of cheese. Here is the listing.
For those of you interested, I am on Google+ now, and I post quite frequently. It’s slowly turning into my way of posting new content so if you’re on there, add me!
19 10, 2011

Lion

2017-07-23T19:53:29+00:00 October 19th, 2011|0 Comments

This was commissioned for an old friend who, for many years, had been asking for a lion in tattoo form. I consider this to be my “Scarface poster.” I think it’s the most masculine of my animal series so far with a large, dominating lion looking down at the viewer. The “greenback” color palette and hard lines also add to the style. Here is the Etsy painting.

 

11 10, 2011

Deer

2017-07-23T19:53:36+00:00 October 11th, 2011|0 Comments

Alright, so my new hobby has turned into an Etsy shop. I couldn’t help myself. I started designing nonstop, and I’ve come up with a whole bunch of new designs. Here is just one of the many I’ve painted so far. I will continue to post them as I make them.
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