Koala bears are aloof so acquiescently clingy, said Menomonee Falls artisan Heidi Maas, who apparent this during her 2018 Australian ancestors vacation.
In fact, she alleged them “slothy” animals. “If that is a word,” she said.
“They like to collaborate with you in a apathetic affectionate of way. They aloof want affection,” said Maas. “I capital to abduct one.”
When Maas heard of the accident the wildfires did to the Australian agrarian animals on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” she knew she capital to help.
“I thought, ‘I can paint, and bodies can get involved,’ ” said the artist, who has corrective best of her life.
She corrective acrylic and oil-based paintings of Australian animals at her Menomonee Falls art studio, MeikoBella. She awash anniversary painting for $100, with the gain benefiting Wildlife Information, Accomplishment and Education Service.
She said she brand to acrylic in blush with big, adventurous strokes.
“Painting is freeing,” she said.
Her aboriginal goal, said Maas, was to accession $1,000, but the requests kept advancing in. By Jan. 24, she had aloft $7,500 in orders. By the abutting day, she appear she had aloft $10,000. She corrective 100 animals.
While her fundraiser has ended, bodies can still acquirement her beastly paintings; the amount will depend on the size. She additionally acclaimed that anyone can accomplish a donation to WIRES.
According to the WIRES website, the wildfires in New South Wales, Australia, burned more than 12 actor acres. An estimated 800 actor animals accept been afflicted in NSW; more than 1 billion animals in Australia have been afflicted aback September, according to the website.
According to the website, the animals are afflicted and accept struggled with a abridgement of baptize and aliment as fires accept destroyed their habitat.
Maas said she abstruse that abounding animals who lived in sanctuaries could not escape the fire. She said WIRES provides medical affliction and finds a way to accomplishment afflicted animals. “They can’t go aback to the sanctuaries. Some are depleted,” said Maas. “I don’t apperceive how they are activity to furnish (the wildlife sanctuaries).”
During their Australian vacation, Maas said, her ancestors got up close to abounding animals, including kangaroos, wombats and camels.
“We were able to pet, augment and authority them in their accustomed habitat,” said Maas. “We spent canicule with the animals.”
“In Australia, there are abounding means to collaborate with the animals,” said Maas. “It was cool.”
Maas said she felt a affiliation with the animals.
“I accept consistently admired animals,” said Maas. “(The Australian wildlife) charge a voice.”
For added information, appointment MeikoBella Flat on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MeikoBellaStudio.
For added advice on Ellen DeGeneres’ fundraising folio to account WIRES, visit www.gofundme.com/f/ellenaustraliafund
For added advice on WIRES, visit www.wires.org.au
Cathy Kozlowicz can be accomplished at 262-361-9132 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @KozlowiczCathy.
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