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Beast of Burden

"Beast of Burden," 8" x 16", commissioned donkey painting, done in acrylics on canvasboard, part of a corporate collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may come to me.

I have been commissioned to create a new series of paintings depicting the plight of animals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It's a tough subject matter, for the majority of the animals I've seen (via photographs) have been malnourished, terribly overworked, and suffer a poor quality of life. I want to paint them as they are, but also highlight the majesty and strength they possess. It's a wonderful challenge and i've enjoyed working the concepts up.

You can read more about my client, the Amsale Gessesse Memorial Foundation, and their advocacy at their website. The Foundation has partnered with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the Humane Society International, pioneering a Trap Neuter Program in Addidas Ababa and making significant progress in countering this community's homeless pet problem. Additinal information is on the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary website. It is an honor to support the Foundation's efforts through Painting a Dog a Day.

Thanks as always for sharing my paintings!
Kim

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