An original soft pastel featured īn
CT Horse Magazine.
"In the Crosshairs"
Great horned owl mixed media photograph.
Graphite. Featured in CT Horse Magazine.
ALL IMAGES ARE THE PROPERTY and COPYWRITE OF WHITNEY KURLAN - IMAGES ARE NOT TO BE UTILIZED, BORROWED, or COPIED UNLESS PRIOR AUTHORIZATION IN WRITING BY THE ARTIST. IMAGES FOUND USED IN AN UNAUTHORIZED MANNER WILL BE HELD LIABLE AND WILL BE PROSECUTED.
What inspires you to create art?
"I take inspiration from the things around me. I strive to achieve light and movement and to capture a moment in time that gives the illusion to the viewer that they are part of the magic and momentum within the artwork. When I've accomplished those things only then am I satisfied".
Why are animals frequently the subject matter of your art?
"For many reasons. The primary one is they are to me.. perfection, a beautiful subject and a totem to remind me that there exists simplicity in nature and to listen and learn from them.
The bigger issue is they have no voice. The internet brings front and center, the constant abuse, illegal hunting and conservation issues. I can make a difference. I can give them a voice through my art."
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, no it's not" Dr. Suess
How are you giving back to animal causes?
"I'm working on a series of 6 African wildlife paintings, that once completed, the profits from the sale of the prints will help Kruger National Parks the Black Mambas group. My goal is to bring awareness to animal trafficking and the sale of their parts that also further the drug trade and extinction.
I select specific paintings for charities to use for their fundraising efforts and have donated between 20- 40% of my profits."
CT Pastel Society
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts
New Canaan Society for the Arts
Silvermine Arts Center
"To paint animals brings me a measure of happiness, a sense of freedom that I lose wrapped up in my daily life, I can escape for a bit when I'm with them, hopefully I can capture that on canvas. On a bigger scale I feel there is a larger cause at hand. I was given this talent as a gift, to allow animals to speak through my artwork." To me animals represent raw beauty in their moments and a kindred understanding with them when I look into their eyes. "
I understand you are the illustrator for a series of 10 children's book called "Elvis the Pony".
"I was chosen to illustrate the series of books geared towards 4-6 year olds. The author, Tiffany Lauer, is a self publishing university professor from Iowa."
Are you working on any other books or illustrations?
"Yes, I am in the process of writing and illustrating my own mystery books for young adults. It will be co-authored with my mother, who is a screen writer. The book will have hidden clues in the illustrations and its about the mysterious folklore of Ireland. I have a great interest in writing as well as painting and llustrating."
Is it true Jimmy Buffet owns some of your artwork?
"He does own a painting of mine. It's a pastel painting of 2 life size parrots, that he displayed for a long time in the margarittaville store in New Orleans. The painting I'm told now resides in one of his homes."
Have you won any awards for your work?
"Yes, I was awarded first place and a CT Congressional Award for a watercolor painting of polo ponies.
I won several other awards as well, illustrated drawings for Outdoor Life Magazine, and I designed the logo for the CHJA (CT Hunter Jumper Association)."