Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Once upon a sunny day, I found a dog abandoned on a lonely Sedona ranch. This dog was a playful puppy that saw me and instantly knew he could realize his life’s purpose – to inspire and ultimately save me. My wife Buff and I had never shared our lives with a male dog before, but this goofy dufus easily won us over and we called him Rufus.
While secluded in our Sedona get-away, I was surrounded by traditional Southwest inspiration, but nothing filled my heart. Until that is… I looked down at my sweet new puppy Rufus. As I looked down at him, I thought, “If I can transform onto canvas the feeling I get from looking into the eyes of this pup, I think I may have something.” It turns out that I did find something special that day, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
Many moons ago, Buff and I decided to make limited edition lithographs of my first Rufus painting. Although successful, we decided to stop selling them as Rufus declined in health. Now, in memory of him, the best animal friend I have ever known, gone for almost two years, we are bringing them “out of the vault” for sale again. There are only about 80 editions left, and all are hand-signed and numbered by me.
They retail for $149.99 plus shipping and handling. To purchase, please visit http://ronburns.com/fromthevault/rufus/rufus.html and thank-you for sharing in our special connection - our otherworldly human/animal bond.
Friday, February 6, 2009
In the beginning, I would photograph animals at shelters, go to my studio, paint them, and when the piece sold, I would donate a percentage from the sale back to that shelter so that they may continue to save more animal lives and continue to house my inspirations. Now, my schedule does not allow me to travel the country and help out individual shelters all across this great nation, which is a source of much sorrow for me.
No longer, though, because I have developed programs that will help any non-profit animal welfare organization raise money through my artwork. These programs are outlined on a page on my website, http://ronburns.com/philanthropy/requestsupport/index.html. It's the introduction to a whole website designed for shelters.
I am sure this program will help shelters across the country save lives, and continue my dedication to finding all animals their perfect Furever Homes!