This project began by my desire to help endangered species. As an artist, Isearched for a way to truly give more profoundly than financial donations when I could afford it. With this project, I felt I would be giving more of myself by offering a beautiful product to those who also wished to protect endangered species around the globe. My focus of “Color Me Free™” was, at first, to create coloring books that would educate people on the issue of each endangered animal, while helping to create a more peaceful and meditative space for the colorist. Then, as the idea grew to include sculpture, jewelry and wearable art, hand-colored by the wearers themselves, I realized this would allow me the opportunity to gift to those magnificent creatures who are struggling to be free from snares, guns, poison, poachers, trophy hunters, nets, tanks, cages or being served as a main course or used in superstitious practices of inept virility. I wish, as most people on the planet wish, to allow all sentient beings to live freely the life they are entitled to live.
The sculptures of endangered species have begun. The jewelry coming soon as are clothing and more coloring books. My first sculpture is an elephant that has been donated to Wild Aid for their November benefit. The next animals will be in a series and will be available for purchase.
My goal is to help humans all over the planet to live happier, healthier and kinder lives. By doing this, we can begin to help others be kinder to their fellow beings on this planet, be it the abandoned dog or cat or the endangered species we are losing daily at an alarming rate.
When someone purchases any products in the “Color Me Free™” line, I will be donating a minimum of 25% to one or more specific endangered species projects. Most companies who give to projects, as we are doing, average about 10%. To me that felt really light and I felt I could do more.