“Cats of Paxos”, Biro Drawing 2014 by Jane Lee McCracken
January has seen the publication of PAWS (Paxos Animal Welfare Society) Newsletter and a review of 2014’s successes for animals on the Greek island of Paxos. PAWS brings voluntary veterinary care to the animals of the small Ionian island. With no practicing vets living on Paxos, islanders had to travel to Corfu to seek veterinary care for their animals until PAWS was founded in 2005 by tourists Lindsay Geddes and Linda Parker.
‘Cats of Paxos’ original Biro drawing will be exhibited from April 2015 on Paxos and auctioned later in the year to raise funds for PAWS.
‘Pilgrim’, 2015 colour Biro drawing. Sadly Pilgrim is no longer with us, he passed away during a life-saving operation at just a year old.
His kind owner Heidi Carr had agreed to my photographing Pilgrim a few days after his birth and throughout his life in order to capture each stage of his journey and incorporate his image in a new body of work, continuing the exploration of War and its impact on people and animals. Pilgrim was to feature in a drawing remembering the causatum for horses and livestock during war. Between us we have many photographs of Pilgrim so he will continue to shine brightly in a future drawing ‘The Road Through France’. Heidi wished for a drawing of Pilgrim as a yearling, as she remembered him. I retained the flecks of hay sprinkled on Pilgrim’s forelock as they looked like little stars. ‘Pilgrim’ attempts to capture the gentle, sweet-natured young horse who touched so many.