Life is like a puzzle. As you find the pieces to your puzzle and fit them together, the picture they are telling starts to become clear. You know who you are and why you are here. I have been slowly putting the pieces to my puzzle together for some time now.
I have four or five big chunks neatly formed on the table. But they don’t fully revealed the over all picture! It’s been frustrating, but I keep working with the pieces, finding more pieces on the table. In the last month I have found a chunk of pieces that are helping me put some big chunks together!
It’s a complex puzzle with a lot of pieces. There’s the ones that want to survive — pay rent, pay bills, have a car, have proper dental care. Then there are the pieces that love to make beautiful things. The pieces that want to love and have fun. The pieces that want to have beautiful things. The pieces that deal with nasty obstacles and isolating fears. Then there are the pieces that connect with the problems of our world, empathizing with a zillion different things and splattering against the horizon.
We had a photo shoot on Sunday for a video we are making for The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation. The foundation president, a dear friend of mine who I have known for over 20 years, has introduced me to a renowned photographer. I told her my dream and she said, “have you been spying on my list of things I hope to do?” We shared a bunch of ideas. I read her artist statement. That inspired me to re-look at my mission as an artist. I’m both a writer and a visual artist, and I want to do both. I want to connect them together. This is where my life has lead me. Here is what I wrote for my mission. It will probably change as more pieces come to light, but I like how it is harmonically coming together.
I’m using the power of art and entertainment to inspire a more empathetic world.
The plan is to make incredible works of art, get them in front of large audiences and promote generosity of feeling while celebrating the power of the human spirit. Words, fabric and feeling are my medium. Dogs are my muse.
I began on this road when I rescued my two dogs. I saw how many gorgeous dogs are put to sleep daily. Look in the eyes of a dog. Connect with the life behind those eyes. You will find it hard to justify killing them off just because of a shortage of storage space.
The problem isn’t the nature of man. It’s that we have become so busy. No one has the time to really look! Our society is so polarized right now. We are hypnotized by our cell phones. Speed has taken control. Computers are isolating us, trapping us inside of our big box houses. Technology has changed the way we communicate. We are beginning to treat our fellow humans with the same lack of empathy that we offer these wonderful dogs!
Dogs offer society the loyalty, love, companionship and compassion that our tech-driven world is taking from us. What better vehicle to help get some of that back than anthropomorphized dogs promoting causes? The ones we kill, inspiring us to be better people. I like the synchronicity.
If you want to see the fruits of this, look for our Kickstarter page in the beginning of the new year. I will also be showing a collection of my work at Le Chien: Fashion Week El Paseo 2015, to benefit the Desert Humane Society.