Sustainable Art Policy
Creativity through empathy
It is quite shocking (if not disappointing) to realize the breadth of art materials
and mediums which contain animal ingredients, or a surplus of harsh and toxic chemicals.
After canvasing many art supply companies and making a conscious effort to seek out the right products, I am proud to create and offer clients artwork which is both animal- and environmentally-friendly.
I select only supplies which have been stated to not contain any animal ingredients (whether paint, paper, canvas or brushes), & those that are made in awareness of resources.
Below is a list materials used for all paintings:
Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colors
- Oil pants are water mixable, & do not require harsh/ toxic solvents for cleaning
or normal use.
Winsor & Newton Galleria Acrylics
- Galleria Acrylic paints follow the same cruelty-free* & environmental aspects.
- Only synthetic, non-animal hair brushes are used.
Henry, Henry XL, or Duo Canvas (Purchased through Boesner.com)
- Wood from responsible sources, made in Germany.
- Gesso for priming does not contain any animal gelatin.
(*There is only one color in the Winsor & Newton paints that contains animal ingredients (Ivory Black), which is easily substituted by using Lamp Black.)
Currently the amount of companies manufacturing animal-friendly art supplies is quite limited, and not all paints in the same series are free of such ingredients. Winsor & Newton is (so far) the best in this respect.
However, it is my hope that in time, the art industry will take on a full-scale shift, which includes other artists making more conscious choices in the products they use.
We can all make mindful changes to help our planet, with a step in the right direction.