July Featured Artist - Megan Stearns

For Megan, art is activism. Her primary passion is animal welfare, and she believes that the core misperception underlying maltreatment of animals (especially in factory farming, animal testing, and the use of live animals in medical training) is a lack of awareness of their sentience, individuality, and emotional lives. Megan strives to capture those qualities in her animal portraiture—to convey the intelligence, personality and emotion of each animal. The families that commission these portraits do so to honor the beautiful individuality of the animals they came to loved.

These works were originally created in soft pastel on paper. The pieces in this show are digital reproductions made with archival inks on watercolor paper.

Megan works out of her home studio in Hinesburg.