To Marcia Sparks, pets are works of art
When artist Marcia Sparks moved to Madison in 1996, she found inspiration in its architecture and icons. She soon discovered another muse: the city’s dogs and cats.
Using bold colors and a graphic, Pop style, Sparks seeks to create a fresh take on pet portraiture that captures animals’ lovable mannerisms and quirks.
“I don't want the animals to look too cute or just another drawing of a cat or dog. I want it to look really different, almost abstract, something you haven’t seen before,” she says. “Not necessarily the whole cat or dog, just the part I think says it all, such as the wag of a tail, a tongue hanging out, the cocked head, or the upside down look your cat gives you.”
Find Sparks’ work at Absolutely Art, at the Dane County Farmers’ Market and at marciasparks.com.