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Animals are muses for artists all over Pittsburgh

Animals have long been artists’ muses, from their humble beginnings 40,000 years ago as Paleolithic sketches on cave walls to the brightly colored screen-printed cows seen just inside the front doors of Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. Today, Pittsburgh artists continue to incorporate animals into their pieces in exciting ways, from new takes on traditional mediums to 3D do-it-yourself creations made to be displayed on living room walls.

click to enlarge Ceramic animal magnets by Milo Berezin
Ceramic animal magnets by Milo Berezin
Milo Berezin
Ceramics artist, Point Breeze
miloberezin.etsy.com
"As a wild kid in the woods of Alaska, I always thought I'd grow up to become an entomologist, herpetologist, or other flavor of zoologist. I ultimately followed a different path, but my love of critters of all sorts has never faded!"
click to enlarge Needle felt animals by Michelle Miller
Needle felt animals by Michelle Miller
Michelle Miller
Needle felt artist, North Fayette
runredrun.com
"I love animals! Who doesn’t? Plus, the texture of the wool lends itself well to furry critters."
click to enlarge Museum Flora and Fauna wallpaper by Ashley Cecil
Museum Flora and Fauna wallpaper by Ashley Cecil
Ashley Cecil
Visual artist, Highland Park
ashleycecil.com
"People usually respond positively to animals. I use them as subjects in paintings that address environmental issues."
click to enlarge White Swan Studio bat jar
White Swan Studio bat jar
Gina Marie Chalfant
Pottery artist, Dormont
whiteswanstudio.etsy.com
"I grew up in a family that loved and rescued animals. I love that they provide unconditional, nonjudgmental love, unless you are late with their dinner."
click to enlarge Rodent tattoo by Jessi Cramer at Curiosity Shop Tattoo
Rodent tattoo by Jessi Cramer at Curiosity Shop Tattoo
Jessi Cramer
Tattoo artist, Bloomfield
Instagram.com/jcramer_tattoos
"I love drawing and tattooing birds and cats especially."
click to enlarge Three Headed Snake: hand-hooked rug made with hand-dyed wool, raffia, and recycled plastic netting from produce bags
Three Headed Snake: hand-hooked rug made with hand-dyed wool, raffia, and recycled plastic netting from produce bags
Kirsten Ervin
Visual artist, Lawrenceville
kirstenervin.org
"I’m often struck by how often animals appear in artwork, especially the exotic and endangered species, and I’d like to challenge myself and other artists using these images to do more to protect these species from disappearing. They are a part of our imagination and work, and we can do more to make sure they stick around."
click to enlarge Resident DIY paper craft animal kit
Resident DIY paper craft animal kit
Tristan Sopp
Cardstock paper artist, Fineview
residentdesign.com
"The complex shapes [of animals] are super fun to try to recreate in paper."
click to enlarge Ceramic plate by Molly Bee
Ceramic plate by Molly Bee
Molly Bee
Pottery artist, East Liberty
Instagram.com/queerlyclay
"Animals have unique and quirky personalities and I like to show that I’m also a cat TNR (trap, neuter, return) advocate/trapper and have seen quite an unusual variety of cats and kittens."




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