N A T A L I E J O W R I G H T
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WORDS FROM NATALIE JO WRIGHT
Through the process of painting large scale portraits of animals, I have learned about my own strengths and weaknesses as a mom and an artist. Painting other people's pets has brought me great joy in knowing I am expressing the gratitude of unconditional love. When I am painting a musician, this is my own celebration of a life devoted to emotion. When my audience views my work, I want their values to be looking back at them. Do you see your strength in the Bear? Do you see your endless capacity for love in the painting of your pet? Do you celebrate a life dedicated to poetry and emotion (or maybe just one really good night. One sparkly moment?) when you look at my painting of Tom Petty? My work is big and unavoidable and often looks at you in your eyes. What do you see reflected back at you? Do you see how much you are valued? Do you see how similar we all are? Bison, Fox, Dog, Sparrow, Human. We all have more in common than not. We all need love and to feel valued. We all need to celebrate the good times and to know our strength exists to get through the tough times.
What do you have on your walls that reflect your strengths and remind you of your value? Does your home reflect what is most precious to you? My mission is to help my tribe to feel empowered, and to be reminded of their strengths and values, by painting BIG, POWERFUL portraits of animals and humans. Paintings that make you stop for a moment every day and see yourself in the best possible light.
The work up at Johnson Public House is my newest. The painting of the Wolf (named Nevaeh) is a wolf that resides at the Wolf Hollow Sanctuary in Massachusetts. 10% of the sale of this painting will be donated to the sanctuary. The Bison resides at the Tallgrass Prairie Reserve in Oklahoma. 10% of the sale of this painting will go to The Nature Conservancy in Oklahoma. I would like to continue in this direction, donating some of my profits to the organizations that help keep our world a diverse place to live.
You can see my work out in the wild at Johnson Public House, One Barrel Brewing, Isthmus Vet Clinic and in Stoughton at Wendigo Tavern.
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