It took a total of 1,400 days for Mark Barone, a compassionate artist, to produce 5,500 portraits of dogs. For the past four years, he dedicated his time and effort in the completion of this project, which will be displayed in the Museum of Compassion. The said museum will serve as a permanent sanctuary for all the artworks he created.
How did the artist’s dedication and commitment to such a large number of artwork begun? Well, it started following the death of their dearly loved family dog: Santina. Mark and his wife, Marina, cared and raised her until she reached the age of 21 years old.
Santina’s passing undeniably made the couple felt in despair. They did not only lost a pawed buddy, but they also lost a beloved family member.
To fill in the emptiness, they decided to adopt a new dog. While they were processing all the necessary requirement for the adoption, they stumbled upon the heartbreaking truth regarding shelter dogs.
For the record, around 5,500 dogs are killed in shelter homes each passing day. The couple knew that most people are not aware of this horrible reality, just like they were before. The intention to raise awareness and to gain the needed attention from the public fueled Mark’s burning passion to paint the unfortunate pups who ought to be remembered.
Each portrait was inspired by an actual dog who got killed either because of deliberate animal abuse, serious cases of abandonment, or even because of the lack of dog parents to take them in. Living with dogs, he and his wife knew how these animals could play a very important role in the life of each human being.
To be able to turn their dream project into a reality, the couple is encouraging those who are willing to donate for the cause. With your help, the main objective to create a better and more compassionate world for dogs will be achieved sooner.
Credit: An Act of Dog