Art & Animals

By Midge Raymond on

Midge Raymond

Ashland Creek Press co-founder Midge Raymond is the author of the award-winning short story collection FORGETTING ENGLISH and a novel, MY LAST CONTINENT. Learn more at MidgeRaymond.com.

One of the reasons we founded Ashland Creek Press is to use art (for us, that would be literature) as a way to draw awareness to issues surrounding animals. As one example, The Dragon Keeper is an amazing story (suspense, a love triangle, family drama, and everything else you could ask for in a novel) that’s also a subtly embedded history of the Komodo dragon. Mindy Mejia‘s research is so expertly woven into this novel you hardly realize how much you’re learning about this incredible species, endangered soon after it was discovered. And our new fiction anthology, Among Animals (forthcoming in February) takes a look at all the ways in which animals are a part of our lives.

As someone who can’t draw a straight line, I’ve always admired visual artists — especially those who use their art to do good for animals and the planet. No one does it better than Ashland’s Dana Feagin.

I just visited the Ashland Art Center to see Dana’s current exhibit, New Animals of Sanctuary One.

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Like all of Dana’s animal paintings, these rescued animals are presented in all their adorable glory.

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What I love about Dana’s work is how she captures these lovely animals at the best time of their lives — after they’ve found peace at Sanctuary One, a nonprofit care farm in Jacksonville, Oregon.

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Best of all: These portraits are all for sale, and 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to Sanctuary One.

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If you’re not in the Ashland area, visit Dana’s website to see all of her animal portraits, many of which are of rescued animals and shelter animals (she also does commissions!). And Dana donates a portion of all sales to local animal shelters.

She’s even done a portrait of our General Manager, Theo, a former rescue kitty. We especially love seeing his face on greeting cards, though when it comes to Theo, the cards are probably only appropriate for Halloween…

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  Comments: 3

  1. Jennifer M. Hartsock


    What a fun post! Thank you for sharing Dana’s work. I love the close-up, almost fishbowl-camera effect, of each animal. So creative and cute.

    Take care,
    Jennifer


  2. Thanks, Jennifer! I love Dana’s work, too — her animals are just so fabulous.


  3. Beautiful work, Dana! You really do capture these beloved animals in their peaceful splendor. What a joy to see!