My greatest joy is to spend time with rescued wild animals at chosen sanctuaries. This has given me the opportunity to connect with them in a way that would be impossible in the wild. Once their basic survival needs are taken care of, what remains is a sweetness, an openness and willingness to connect that broke down my fear, preconceived notions and expectations. In their presence, looking into their eyes I am humbled by what I feel. They speak to my heart not my mind. They bring me back to the Essence of life, what is real and important for me. Through my paintings I hope to give them a voice so that you may see and feel this too. In the depth of their eyes we see their individuality, emotions, majesty, beauty, wisdom and intelligence.
Also surely mirrored in the eyes of animals is the truth in ourselves, the key to our soul and the spark of our humanity.
“Blaze – you create such beautiful paintings – they enable us to imagine stories in our mind of the animals you paint. The animals connect each of us with our own stories and through their eyes we find a portal to our souls. And there, in the deep recesses of ourselves is triggered the spark of humanity and an understanding of what we must do to help them. “ ~ Christian