Support for the newly-established Artists for the Animals program, which has been launched by the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, comes from all directions. Animal artist Elizabeth Kinahan, based in Durango, is readily participating in the fund-raiser which targets the growth of a healthy Endowment Fund for the animal shelter. The fund will establish long-term stability for the Humane Society’s mission to care for homeless animals, whatever economic climate it finds itself in.
Elizabeth Kinahan is a regional artist whose work reflects her deep connection to animals. “It is hard to describe exactly how I feel about animals, but I guess I could sum it up by saying they are simply perfect in my eyes, they are pure and untainted by the materialistic tendencies of humans.”
Kinahan also talks about her work helping the animals she loves, “It was only within the past couple of years that I realized I could use the art to help the animals. I have been working on that ever since, and am pleased to be a part of this project, it is just another way to help.”
This project refers to Artists for the Animals which was launched a few months ago by the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs. The concept is simple, artists selling their works, whether they be paintings, sculpture, or photographs, donate a sizeable portion of their sales to the Endowment Fund. To date 10 regional artists are participating in the program, each one unique in their work, each one generously donating a sizeable commission to the Humane Society fund. Interested art patrons and animal lovers may view this project at www.humanesociety.biz/new_endowment.htm.
Kinahan’s oils and watercolors each lend themselves to the animals they depict. Watercolor is used primarily to capture fish and their beautiful jewel-like qualities, oils for nearly all other creatures.
Kinahan describes her style of work as “… realism within a periphery of abstraction. I try to lead the eye of the view through a flurry of brushstrokes and color, arriving at the visual destination to rest for a moment, before circling back around again.”
Kinahan works nearly every day in her studio, on her art, or about her art. Her studio space takes up the top floor of her home, and everything in it has been custom built by Kinahan to suit her needs as an artist. “I feel incredibly lucky when I am in my studio, it is the perfect place for me, and I just love to be in there!”
Kinahan’s devotion to helping animals extends beyond the Humane’s Society’s Artists for the Animals program. She was recently part of an art show in Durango whereby 25 percent of sales went to Annie’s Orphans, a Durango-based non-profit animal refuge. Kinahan was proud to be a part of that event, and she’s proud to be a part of the Humane Society’s program, “This program is highlighting my two favorite things, animals and art. I am proud to be a part of a program where I know my donation is directly benefiting animals in need. “
Anyone interested in contacting this artist about the Endowment project, for purchase or commission work, can contact www.humanesociety.biz/new_endowment.htm.
Kinahan’s work can also be seen on her business website, www.elizabethkinahan.com, or at the Rain Dance Gallery in Durango, www.raindancegallery.com.