animals and their artists drawn to one cause
  • John Brophy

    "Through artificial selection we basically created dogs and cats and all other domesticated animals. As such, I feel that we need to live up to our obligation to care for them and ensure that they have happy and fulfilled lives. I’m thankful that Pet Project is shining a light on the special bond of love we share with pets that is both ancient and enduring."
  • Anita Kunz

    "'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'
    ~ Mahatma Ghandi

    I have always agreed with this sentiment. I’ve been an animal lover all my life. I believe they are sentient beings and possess levels of consciousness we don’t always respect. I was thrilled when I heard about the Pet Project. The biggest honor for me is to make art that can somehow contribute to such a worthy cause."
  • Price!

    "Yours for $10.00"
  • Martin Wittfooth

    "This quote by Anatole France sums up my desire to take part in this project: 'Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened'."
  • Lola Gil

    "I love and respect animals immensely and have painted about them my whole life. I'm very happy to be a part of this cause and have a great respect for Creative Pet Project for helping give them a voice."
  • Chet Zar

    "I love art. I love animals. The choice was obvious!"
  • Brandt Peters/Kathie Olivas

    "The Creative Pet Project is a project long overdo...where we can collectively celebrate, truly, our best friends..."
  • Tara McPherson

    "I have such a fascination with animals, nature, and science and it seemed like a really cool idea. Plus it's always interesting to put a face to the imagery."
  • Antonella Caraceni

    "I immediately liked the idea of ​​doing something important with my dog. Mela and I are very lucky to stay together and I thought was a nice way to celebrate our partnership helping animals in need."
  • Paulina Góra

    "Creative Pet Project is a great project, I'm glad that I can be a part of it, is doubly pleasant, because doing what I like the most I can to help the animals.
    'The animal is closer to us than the angel, but more inconceivable.' Fr. Jan Twardowski"
  • Heiidi Tailleferr

    " I chose to do the project because of my love of animals and since they are featured so much in my work."
  • 111 artists • 1 cause

    A gathering of a world wide array of talent, aiming to bring an artistic highlight to their work to help a good cause.
  • Jen Lobo

    "I was thrilled to be asked to be part of this project. A chance to help animals through art is a no-brainer."
  • Sas Christian

    "I'm honored to be a part of Creative Pet Project - to be able, in some small measure, to repay my debt of gratitude to our non-human brothers and sisters."
  • Coen Hamelink

    "It's always great to contribute to a nice project with a good cause, amongst other great artists. For me, it gives my work more meaning. An illustration can be so much more than just an image."
  • J Slattum

    "Animals have an unparalleled gratitude for which man should strive. Creative Pet Project allows me to say 'thank you' for that love."
  • Ana Bagayan

    "I decided to participate because I think responsibility and gratitude go hand in hand."
  • Kathy Hare

    "Animals have an innocence and integrity of their own. As Mark Twain said 'Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.' This project is a great way of helping animals by doing what I love."
  • Yuko Shimizu

    "I chose to do the project because I love animals, but more importantly, adopting my dog three years ago really enriched my life so much."
  • Price!

    "Yours for $10.00"
  • Annika Hiltunen

    "Somewhere is an animal without a home. Without something to eat. Without someone to love. I can't find it and help. But what if my art can?"
  • Bryan Holland

    "I love the idea of being able to help animals with my art. Animals have played a part of my life and my art for as long as I can remember, so I’m grateful to be able to be part of this project and give something back!"
  • Shichigoro-Shingo

    "A big reason I took part in this project, I think I will try to help pets and animals through art is a wonderful thing. Because I wanted to leave a work to honour the old cat that is my pet, more than anything.
    I am grateful to be able to participate in this project."
  • Teodoru Badiu

    "This project is something different and it tries to make a difference. It is for a good cause and it also shows a mostly unknown side of the artists that are involved. I am happy to be part of the project."
  • Dilka Bear

    "I love my dog, so joining the project was easy."

Vol One:

The Review

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Received our first review of the book, through the 'Readers' Favourite' website review service. The review follows.

Reviewed by Gary Stout for Readers' Favorite

The Creative Pet Project (Animals and their Artists Drawn to One Cause) compiled by Rob Snow is a coffee-table-sized book containing an eclectic collection of international artists. These artists are working in a diverse variety of mediums ranging from ink on glass, pen, charcoal, and ink on paper, to acrylics and oils on canvas, and even digital works. All the art is worthy of inclusion in this book and spans techniques including surrealism, impressionism, caricature, woodcut, illustration, and all with a common theme: the role of animals and insects in the world, whether real or fantasy.

The main theme of the book is how animals and art can be interlinked. Towards that goal, the Creative Pet Project sponsors selected over a hundred artists from twenty-six countries, not an easy task with over a thousand original entries from which to choose. Each artist has contributed a biography that includes typical curriculum vitae details and why they selected their preferred medium or how they developed their style. Yet, just as importantly, each description shares center stage with the animals in their own lives, explaining how they provide inspiration or otherwise influence the artist’s work.

The first portion of the book is a short catalog of charitable organizations from around the world currently working to protect animals; each contributed to the creation of the book in some way. They explain their charters, goals, and progress, and contribute some wonderful photographs of their success stories. There is definitely something in the Creative Pet Project collection of artwork for every art lover, and it would make a fine addition to any collection.

The Creative Pet Project

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If you have a soft spot for animals, and at the same time love art, then this is the project for you. The Creative Pet Project was set up in 2011, after creator Rob Snow had a spark of inspiration about his association with his own companion animal, Honey. So, the Creative Pet Project was born of an idea of how animals and art can be interlinked, connected and used as an inspiration for many a creative mind.

Talking one day with a fellow artist it was mentioned that they in fact had a pet also; a cat. The brain started ticking over and thoughts started to connect. Do artists have companion animals? A strong belief began to form that artists being naturally gifted with a passionate nature, would extend this kind manner to their Earthling companions. So the question was started among fellow artists; "Do you have a pet?" In a majority of cases the answer was naturally 'yes'.

Over a period of six months an extensive search was undertaken to seek information about whether the notion was correct. This research took the creator across many different platforms, and a long list of over 1,000 artists. Each were individually contacted and asked that same question; “Do you have a pet?” The result was an eventual list of 111 creatives, in many fields that all had companion animals of one form or another, and were eager to participate in the project.

The first ambition of the Creative Pet Project was to collate all the necessary info for the collation of a book that would celebrate this linking factor of creative minds. One and a half years later, the information, images and layout were complete. The Creative Pet Project now has a superb book ready to make a unique entrance into the publishing world. The next process is to raise the funds to help print and distribute the book to the many fans that have come to love the concept behind the book. The truth being that now that the first book is in place, the constant request for new books for new creative minds is constantly evident, and so, we have plans to continue the volumes as long as the talent is there, and more importantly, the connection between companion animals and artistic minds. We hope you enjoy and continue to support this endeavour.

To Breathe Life

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It's not just a strange coincidence that artists strive to breathe life into their works. We, as animals, must known that from our early beginnings in the caves, that art has always been a strong form of communication. The word itself defines what we are and what this project aims to achieve. Animal, from the latin animālis, which is breath and life. The nature of humans, and the nature of artists in particular has always been one of close reliance to their animal companions. We draw animals as much as our ancestors have. They are a key aspect to our lives, our loves and our creative mind.

The Creative Pet Project is just a simple natural extension of this promise of life that we have endured with our fellow Earthlings. As we bond with our companion animals we draw out through notions that have been a deep semantic aspect of our lives since time began for humanity. It is no wonder that animals become a fold of our extended families, and it's no wonder that they feature so much in a great deal of our art. The Creative Pet Project helps to highlight all these aspects as the artist and their work is prominently brought to the fore with an unique aspect that binds them. Their love for animals and it's translation into creativity.

The one hundred and eleven artists bound in this first volume are over 60% subject to having rescue animals. These are companion animals that have been neglected or thrown out by previous owners and have become adoption candidates through shelters and homes. Some of the stories are amazing, but what else is amazing are some of the slights in evidence that they come through in the artists work. Roger Olmos' piece, Sas Christian's piece, Antonio Rodríguez Cano's piece, Chet Zar's piece, Mary Chiaramonte's piece, Gillian Comerford's piece, Sylvia Vivanco Extramiana's piece, Jon Jaylo's piece, Andy Kehoe's piece, Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peter's piece, Svetlana Ledneva-Schukina's piece and Eric Vasquez's piece are all directly linked to some of their current or past animal connections. So, the bond and life that is breathed into art has a great to do with our history and the animālis heritage.

The Pop Surreal trail

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The Creative Pet Project first volume needed to hit the right mark. The art included needed to be delivered from some of the best in the industry. So, Rob Snow deliberately took time to locate and curate the pieces that have been included in this book. One of the main areas that was considered is the newly emerged Pop Surrealism movement.

There was a long list of potential artists in this brigade that were in line to be contacted, and as the list was slowly approached it was beyond our wildest belief that many of the top names in Pop Surrealism, and in fact American based Pop Surrealists, were actually having companion animals. This was a great promise for the book, that needed to gain a good market hold in the United States, as it is an English language book.

With the help of contributing artist Lou Patrou, an extensive list of Pop Surrealist was formed; including the master Mark Ryden and Ray Caesar. Mark was found not to have a pet, and although Ray does have a dog, his schedule was too busy to take part. So, the list led us further a field. One great piece of luck was the wonderful Canadian artist, Anita Kunz. All it actually took was an email that mentioned animals, and the reply was instant! So, over time, as the image indicated, we have managed to get some of the top Pop Surrealist involved in the project.

The truth being, that in fact there are over twenty seven Pop Surrealists involved in the books, from the Americas through to many of the countries of Europe and in fact we also have Jon Jaylo, who has contributed to the project from the Philippines, with his miniature tortoise 'SteamPunk'. The full list of Pop Surrealists contained in the book are: Raffaele Bafefit, Ana Bagayan, Dilka Bear, John Brophy, Erica Calardo, Antonella Caraceni, El Gato Chimney, Sas Christian, Lola Gil, Paulina Góra, Jon Jaylo, Andy Kehoe, Anita Kunz, Jen Lobo, Tara McPherson, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Paolo Petrangeli, J Slattum, Heiidi Tailleferr, Kristin Tercek, Ania Tomicka, Martin Wittfooth, Chet Zar. That is quite a collection of talent there. Some of which can be seen in the preview of the book, which is available as download here!

The range of talent is breathtaking

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The project started, as previously stated above, as a chat between two artists on Facebook. Since then, some months ago, the project has now contacted over over 2,000+ artists and has had submissions by 111. Everyday more confirm the liking to the project concept and willingly wish to participate. It has been overwhelming the amount of interest and love for this project has occurred since its conception. Many of the artists, with great passion, simply say 'Yes! We are in.'

Each artist has their own individual talent and style, and is out there making a living at producing the passion they hold inside as workable art forms. This passion has also been tapped in the diverse aspect of loving their pets. Shown in the artwork as a wide range of animal themed pieces. Each work is unique and full of the passion they hold, for both their work and their companion in crime.

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Future projections for the project

The Creative Pet Project has sights for the future success of the project. Due to the amazing response of the artists that have been contacted, plans are being formed to make a second volume of artistic input. Being able to choose from a great deal of talent around the world makes it easy to find the kind of artwork that can be used in the second and further editions.

The project has also received interest from other creatives that don't fit into the mould of the first volume; namely photographers. So, to rectify this missing link with fellow creatives, the Creative Pet Project will work on an additional volume dedicated to photographers and their pets.

If you are a professional working artist, illustrator, creative and photographer and wish to participate in future editions then there has been a submissions form created. In order that you can contact the project for possible inclusion. The submissions page gives information of what is required. Please follow this link to continue your interest in participation; submissions!

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A special thanks

The Creative Pet Project would like to send out a heart-felt thank you to all the artists that so eagerly and willingly contributed their work for this project. The enthusiasm was a strong driving force to motivate the team in getting this project to the point it is today. Thank you artists; keep up the good work!!

The numbers are rising for the artists contributing to the project. The new goal will make the book have 100 artists included in the first volume. Plans are also underway to draw the creative talent of photography into the next book, or part of the series. To all the good work that is being contributed, is starting to pay off.

This is a special and uniquely challenging concept that, with the help of the many artists that have contributed, will be a collectable volume of a multitude of talented artists. Who's main aim is to say something about the animals they love, and care about.

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