I created Opulent Mutts in an attempt to express how I feel about the attitudes of society, towards dogs and dog ownership, that contribute towards the relentless problem that Dog Rescue people are exposed to on a daily basis. Opulent Mutts is an oxymoron, and people question contradiction. Therefore, I am inviting people to question - everything - and come to their own conclusions about what is important.
I draw animals because I am interested in the relationships between humans and animals, animals in a human world, and humans in what should be an animal kingdom.
A girl has to make a living! (Smile). My Pet Portraits are intended to be a celebration of GREAT Dog Ownership. I am a firm believer that we have the power to be a positive influence on future generations of dog owners. Opulent Mutts is not only about raising awareness about dog rescue issues, it also about celebrating and empowering Great Dog Owners, so that the future of dogs in a human world can be more hopeful. Offering custom pet portrait services gives me the opportunity to connect with people who are following my work, and it helps to fund my art career and the development of my projects.
Initially this is what I hoped to do, and my statement was that 15% of all Opulent Mutts sales would go to support Dog Rescue. Unfortunately my work wasn't able to support this idea financially. I feel I can make much more of a contribution by donating and creating work for fundraising efforts, and I like to get involved with events and auctions for dog rescue fundraising where I can.
I have spent June creating a body of art work to sell on a stall at the Arundawn Dog Rescue Lurcher & Companion Dog Show fundraising event in Horsham, West Sussex, July 17th 2016. I will be donating a custom pet portrait to the event's main tombola, and I will also be making a donation from sale profits on the day.
After the Arundawn event I will be attempting to sell off and auction any remaining art work. I am currently planning a new body of work ready for the next project, so I will be working on that - Top secret of course.
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