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Illustration of a cow dressed in the Flapper clothes slow-dancing with a bull also dressed in the 1920s outfit.
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(watercolor & acrylic illustration on paper, 8X10, 2004)

"The Dancing Cows"

I'm a fiercely passionate person. Granted, most of my passions are somewhat short-lived... Nonetheless, I always approach whatever it is I'm into (at the moment) head-on and full force. It seems absurd to be admitting to what I'm about to divulge to you, but years ago I felt really passionate about cows.

It happened right after I finished my first cow for the CowParade West Hartford. By then I haven't painted animals for a very long time. I used to create whimsical illustration of anthropomorphized animals a lot when I was a kid, but lost all interest in them as I grew up. However, after working on Moogie, the Moogic Cow, (that was the name of the bovine I was entrusted with painting), for over a month I got so enamored with cows that for some time thereafter all my artwork was related to cows. In a matter of fact, every single character that came from my paintbrush was a cow. I painted shopping cows, dentist cows, teacher cows, soldier cows, cows in love, and of course cows dancing the night away. After about a month I was all 'cowed-out'. I did end up painting ON a few more cows for the CowParade events, but I don't believe I've painted a cow on paper ever since. Perhaps, it's time...

"Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 feet per second, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter."
Dave Barry

"If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow."
William Lyon Phelps

"Moo may represent an idea, but only the cow knows."
Mason Cooley

"I guess cows aren't into the four food groups, especially when they are two of them."
Anthony Clark