My affinity towards rabbits came from having them as pets most of my life. I trained them (or them me) to come each morning onto the porch with a handful of Cheerios to share. Most of my bunnies didn't live in cages at that time, but ran freely outside. I think the reason for this came about when I was 2 or 3, when my father came running out to see what was causing a racket, only to find that I had climbed into the rabbit hutch and was fending off a weasel who was attacking my big white bunny! For a time after that we released our rabbits so that they could run, flourish and evade their enemies as well as they did.
Throughout the years I have rescued house rabbits (yes, young Easter bunnies for children are not a good idea!) who have free run and the safety of my home.
(Visit your local House Rabbit Rescue site for more info concerning the care of these wonderful creatures. Locally the site's address is www.rabbitsinthehouse.org or visit your local animal rescue site to adopt)
'Rabbit and Blackberries', graphite on paper, framed approx
16" X 18".
I've been rescuing rabbits for as far back as I can remember, as I have a certain affinity towards them, unlike any other creature I've known. I really love this piece, not just because of the soft texture of fur and the ready look in his eye, but also because a domestic rabbit can, while supervised, safely enjoy the pleasures of playing in outdoor natural environments.
' Family of Bunnies', graphite on paper, unframed, approx 18" X 24".
All of these critters were once part of my family so I decided to immortalize them in this piece.
I'm not sure if I'm finished this work yet, as the center could either be left open as is, or incorporate an important bun in the middle.... it's hard to decide.