These portraits honor the significance of my relationship with animals from my life on the farm and my current life by the ocean says artist Connie Saems. During the process of drawing I learned that the quality of the line revealed and intensified a sense of intimacy with these animals.  Some of the qualities captured are conveyed through the type of line drawn:  long flowing marks, short dark marks, curving lines or deep color.  “Memories push my pencil. Each line, each mark of the graphite connects me to a time and place from my life on a farm in Indiana where isolation surrounded me.  In search of a relationship I could trust, the farm animals provided me with ears to empty my heart.

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