House of Royals

House of Royals

Our Relationships....

This new collection of works, “ animals as royals”  is not about what you eat or don’t eat. It represents the health of our relationships as a whole society.

I am speaking of how we actually treat each other- including all creatures great and small. A simple concept that we should strive for and that requires teaching and learning so each of us can be better humans and tend to each other’s needs.

This is the definition of benevolence, and just like people, animals have consciousness too.

Considering our relationships with animals allows us the opportunity to show more compassion, love, kindness, consideration, understanding, sympathy and tolerance. We may not be able to stop all the violence in the world, but we can certainly lessen the amount of violence in our own lives- one step at a time.

Take a look at how we treat newborn babies. We coddle them as angels, and watch their every breath with the servitude of a holy being. Now think about how we treat the elderly, the sick, the needy, the handicapped and the poor.  We ignore their needs, and treat them as if they are invisible, or worse.

I know it’s not always easy to like people. The older we get, the more set in our ways we become. Our worlds become smaller and smaller as time goes on. To say we are a polarized society is an understatement. We live in a world where no one listens or considers opposing viewpoints, each side digging their heels in deeper and deeper in obstinance and self-righteousness.

We have hard time getting along with people who are not like us, so maybe we could start with our relationships to animals. After all, animals were made to live here too.

Best of all, these benign creatures don’t have a voice. Literally. They don’t cause arguments or disagreements with us – only a quiet and peaceful existence. They sit with us, in silence, just listening.

And to me, that’s worthy of a gold crown at the very least.

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What is GROWLOVE?

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GrowLove is a collaborative project I'm starting out of a desire for more. More money? Nope .... More material things? Definitely No … More meaning? Yes! More Fulfillment? That's It! More love? Sign Me Up!

With all of the blessings and opportunities I've received in support of my creativity, I've always known that there's more to life than just creating art. There's no doubt that art-making, for me, is a valuable and wondrous practice.  Doing it makes ME feel better. It brings me personal satisfaction, feelings of euphoria, and a great sense of accomplishment. But at the end of the day .... then what ? Does any of it really matter ?

Sure it feels amazing to contribute something you’ve made and share it with a tiny corner of the world. But when I look at our world as a whole, with all it's creatures great and small, trying to live, work, and exist together in unison -- does making art actually contribute in a real, actionable and meaningful way? Yes, I think it can, AND......

GrowLove is a response to these questions. We are interested in supporting a variety of causes including :

CHILDREN WITH ILLNESS

FIGHTING TERMINAL ILLNESS SUCH AS CANCER, HEART DISEASE & DEMENTIA / ALZHEIMERS

EMPOWERING WOMEN

DISASTER RELIEF

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

FIGHTING HUNGER

HEALTHCARE

EDUCATION

During the past 7 years of "growing" my work, I've looked for ways to share my gift with others. Donating art pieces to Lopez Island Hospice, Seattle Children's Hospital, St. Andrew's School for low income Families, fundraising for the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and Emergency USA - a life support for civilian victims of war and poverty - and most recently, sending an original Wonder Woman piece to little Maya who was diagnosed with Leukemia at 4 yrs old...these are all tiny things, but it's a start.

Because the Wonder Woman story was such a hit with all the gals who saw it, my next small step was to create some posters and give them out to anyone looking for some inspiration. This gift is more about the message, not the print...Here's the letter I wrote that goes with the poster:

GrowLove is about actively bringing joy and positive messaging into the world - even if it only lasts a minute. The power of love is the strongest and most positive force we have, and it’s contagious. The act of giving back (even in the smallest way) immediately opens doors for more of the same. Join me in planting a seed for someone, something, one tiny thing, that you can feel good about. Then watch it grow.