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Animals are a constant in my work. They have always kept my sanity, no matter what life has thrown my way. They have brought light into dark spaces, been the source of solace, the surrogate family, the daily therapists. They gave me a universe of my own and a sense of belonging when humanity was inhumane. It was with a chuckle that I faced the multitude of teachers, in traditional art schools and other settings ,trying to talk me into “making something else”, instead of animals. As much as I have no desire to restrict the reach of my art...some bonds are meant to be.