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Giving Back. One brushstroke at a time — Artist Angela Alexander helps rescue shelter pets By Staff Reports

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River Arts District artist Angela Alexander paints vibrant, energetic pet portraits. Her work comprises many animals–horses, cows, cats, and pigs to name a few–but her specialty is dogs. “I love dogs. They are so full of love and can have such unique personalities. My late Chihuahua, Sadie, inspired my early work,” Alexander said. “We had an exceptional connection. She

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“Puppy Love” by Angela Alexander, size 18 x 24 acrylic on canvas was very shy, so most people didn’t get a chance to see it, but she had such a funny, youthful personality.” Alexander has a knack for capturing her subjects’ energy and individuality through bright colors and bold brushwork. Alexander stays quite busy painting originals for galleries and keeping up with her long list of commissioned portraits; however, she also finds the time to use her creativity to give back to the furry friends who inspire her. Alexander developed the “Forget Me Not” series in 2015. This collection features portraits of pets from local animal shelters. Specifically, Alexander paints animals that are often overlooked at the shelter due to their age, breed, or other exceptional circumstances, such as health issues. Alexander then donates a portion of sales from each painting and print in the series back to the featured dog’s corresponding shelter. “Animals are the inspiration behind all of my work; I love them. So, it was important for me to find a way to give back.” Alexander said. “There are so many ways we can help the needy pets in our community, whether it be through fostering, volunteering or adopting. I make a difference one brushstroke at a time.”  While this series provides financial support, Alexander’s greater mission is sharing the pet’s story and, consequently, helping it find a loving home.  “It breaks my heart thinking about all the aniVol. 21, No. 11 — July 2018

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