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  • AVMA


    A few months ago I was contacted by AVMA, aka the American Veterinary Medical Association about my painting, Coon. Some of you may remember this painting I created back in 2004 for the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley (California), it was auctioned off to the highest bidder to raise funds for their rehabilitation and release facilities. I was happy as a clam to find out it brought them a few hundred dollars, especially since this raccoon is one of their very own rescues.

    Now I’m thinking this must be good karma that the AVMA selected this painting as one they wanted to feature on the cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association this month.

    The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 74,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. (source)

    Of course, I am positively proud and absolutely flattered and humbled both that so many professionals will get a glimpse of my work, and perhaps catch a sense of my love for wildlife. There’s no better reward for me than this, really. Truly. It’s like being in a room of 74,000 who all have everything in common – especially since my “what do you want to be when you grow up” answer was always “A Veterinarian”. Now that didn’t happen, obviously, but I am doing what I’m meant to be doing, and it does involve animals. And for that I feel blessed, and grateful.

    I don’t ask for much – I just do what I love to do, and hope that people see that and remember what I’m representing when they’re looking at anything in nature – right down to the intricate veins of a Cecada.

    Today, I’m honored. I’m excited, I’m elated – I can’t even identify all of the feelings swirling around right now. This is just – in a word – cool.


    Mom said,

    This is just too exciting! I am so happy for you – and, not to blow my own horn in your parade, but I’m so PROUD :lovestruck: of you too!
    Congratulations!!! I am so glad you are actually using the gifts God gave you!!

    12.15.2006 @ 10:38 am
    Tommi said,

    AMAZING!!! I’m really proud of you!!! Congrats!!!

    12.15.2006 @ 10:51 am
    Lianne said,

    Well, you deserve it. When you love something, and you paint it, the love comes through. Congratulations!

    12.15.2006 @ 11:22 am
    Friglet said,

    That is so awesome! Congratulations!!!

    12.15.2006 @ 11:49 am
    Sue said,

    :yahoo: :yahoo: Leanne, that is such wonderful news. I couldn’t think of a person whose work deserves to be on that cover more than you. Awesome!!!!


    12.15.2006 @ 12:54 pm
    Lindsey said,

    Congratulations! What an honor!!! And a fantastic painting :-)!

    12.15.2006 @ 1:15 pm
    Phoenix said,

    Your faithful readers have always known how special and talented you are. Now maybe you will too. Hugsssss and Congrats!! :good:

    12.15.2006 @ 1:18 pm
    pamibe said,

    That is SO cool!!! Congratulations!!!! :yahoo:

    12.15.2006 @ 3:04 pm
    Lisa said,

    BIG kudos and congratulations! I can’t think of ANYONE’S art more deserving… or more perfect, than yours for the cover of AVMA! You must be seriously thrilled to pieces over there – and with good reason, too. This is SO VERY cool :good:

    I’m so proud of you :friends: :sing:

    12.15.2006 @ 3:43 pm
    MommaK said,

    Wooo Hoooo!!!!! You are sooooo awesome!! I am thrilled for you sweetie!

    12.15.2006 @ 5:36 pm
    jbdad said,

    Leanne, I have been sitting back and watching your website and your work work since the beginning and have never commented before But girl, you are a INCREDIBLE TALANT. It is great to see that your hard work is being recognized! You deserve it !

    12.15.2006 @ 6:08 pm
    javajabber said,

    Came here via Petroville. Congrats! What a great accomplishment.

    You are truly a gifted artist. I gave my daughter the link to your site. She’s an art major and will appreciate the beauty in what you do.

    Plus, I totally love Petroville’s blog design.

    12.15.2006 @ 7:41 pm
    Heather said,

    That’s wonderful news! Congratulations!

    12.15.2006 @ 9:42 pm
    Dave said,

    It’s a beautiful painting and you totally deserve the recognition. Congratulations!

    12.16.2006 @ 11:54 am
    Thumper said,

    That is SO cool!!! I hope you get free copies to keep for posterity!

    12.16.2006 @ 4:39 pm
    cjsteff said,

    WOOHOO!!! Holy Crap that’s cool! Still can’t say I’m surprised. It was only a matter of time before everyone finds out about your beautiful talents. Hugs, clara

    12.16.2006 @ 5:47 pm
    Patti said,

    That is fantastic! Congratulations! :meow:

    12.16.2006 @ 7:37 pm
    Laura said,

    Awesome!!! Congratulations, Leanne, it’s a well deserved honor!

    12.17.2006 @ 12:20 am
    Paige said,

    OMG…that is soooo cool. You rock girl!! I am so happy for you. I don’t think I’ll be able to go to sleep after reading this news! This is one accomplishment that very few can say they achieved. This news is just AWESOME! I am so proud of you, Leanne! You deserve it… :dance:

    12.18.2006 @ 12:47 am
    Nancy said,

    I am so happy for you! What a great xmas gift.


    12.18.2006 @ 9:20 am
    Ocean said,

    That is so great! Congratulations!!!

    12.20.2006 @ 8:43 am

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    8.17.2007 @ 7:33 am
    JFC said,

    Love the painting! Well done! :thumbsup: I’m using it for my art assignment. :thanku:

    8.27.2007 @ 5:04 am

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