When visiting a cat musem in Amsterdam this spring, the Kittenkabinet, I took a picture of a statue by the artist Edouard Marcel Sandoz and decided to use this photo on my new business cards. I didn't realize at the time how significant this artist was to me. Born in Switzerland like I was, he made his way to another country, France in his case, where he established himself as a prominent artist. He had a profound respect and understanding of animals and their form and I love both his realistic work as well as his Art Nouveau pieces.
His website has a great slideshow of his art where I discovered a nostalgic surprise: In Lausanne, the town where I grew up, the lakeside quarter known as Ouchy is home to one of my favorite statues. Three donkeys drinking out of a fountain. I migrated towards this as a kid (it was a guaranteed contact with equids!) and spent lots time petting them pretending they were alive. Edouard was the artist! Turns out his Foundation is in a town adjacent. Looks like I need a visit back home soon. Meanwhile, an aerial view my birthplace will have to suffice:
Adventurously spirited. Grammatically Dubious. Enthusiastically Sincere.