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Stuffed Animals

Challenge: Commemorate the spirit of John P. Miller, the famous Disney animator and Golden Books artist.

Noah's was the perfect place to honor John with an exhibit dedicated to the power of imagination.

Noah's was the perfect place to honor John with an exhibit dedicated to the power of imagination.

I wanted to harness empathy to enrich playful characters.

I wanted to harness empathy to enrich playful characters.

Each painting began with a textured foundation and human archetype.

Each painting began with a textured foundation and human archetype.

I transformed every archetype into a simple animal expression.

I transformed every archetype into a simple animal expression.

These "stuffed" animals resonate with the character beneath the surface.

These "stuffed" animals resonate with the character beneath the surface.

They are designed to tirelessly appeal to both children and adults.

They are designed to tirelessly appeal to both children and adults.

The narrative driving each archetype informs the spirit of the animal.

The narrative driving each archetype informs the spirit of the animal.

Audiences expressed a mysteriously rich relationship with each animal.

Audiences expressed a mysteriously rich relationship with each animal.

That is because our creative impulse instinctively seeks what is hidden.

That is because our creative impulse instinctively seeks what is hidden.

And what we find in each animal is a humanity beyond the surface.

And what we find in each animal is a humanity beyond the surface.

They are expressions of innocence, curiosity, and wonder.

They are expressions of innocence, curiosity, and wonder.

To me, they represent a child-like trust in the good nature of life.

To me, they represent a child-like trust in the good nature of life.

I think that is something that is healthy for us to remember and hold on to.

I think that is something that is healthy for us to remember and hold on to.