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___________________________________________ These large, strong oxen are barely breaking a sweat as they haul the two-plus tons on the stoneboat during an oxen pull. Their trainer/driver runs alongside, shouting encouragement.________________________________________ Note the crop in the driver's hand. For those of you concerned about animal welfare, as I am, please know that the crop - or plain old stick, used by most drivers - is generally employed only to direct the animals into position; rarely is an animal struck, and then only lightly to get them to pay attention.
I cannot speak for other states, but Connecticut has a strict code in place as far as conduct during pulls and other animal events, and it is rigorously enforced. In any case, the people who compete in pulls are proud of the time, training and grooming they have invested in their expensive stock, and would be mightily embarrassed to be thought mistreating them.
In the many years I have been observing and photographing pulls in Connecticut, my overwhelming impression is that the participants respect their animals and more often than not will pull their teams out of an event rather than push them to compete when they are tired or clearly cannot handle the weight on the boat.________________________________________ Digital oils from an original photograph that caught the action of this team which, because of their maturity, size and years of experience, will go on to pull many more tons before they are through for the day.
February 26, 2013: An amazing thing happened today - I have been announced as one of the five finalists for a Shorty Award in Art. The Shorty Awards are given to the producers of the best of online social media in a variety of categories and I am honored to be in the running.
August 2, 2012: I am honored to have been showcased in Official Feature Online Entertainment New Magazine in the article "Connecticut’s Artist Expressionist: RC deWinter" highlighting my work in the arts. My thanks to the editors and staff. You can read it here: http://bit.ly/N6z4Yl
May 1, 2012: I am proud and also humbled to have several poems and paintings prominently featured in the First Anniversary Issue of Pink Panther Magazine. See my work on pp 52-57: http://bit.ly/KoMryO Purchase this beautifully produced magazine of women's art and writing here:
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April 6, 2012: Thanks to editor/writer Dominic Richardson at ARTbracket for this article on me and my work. http://bit.ly/HrZmDd
January 21, 2012: I am honored to have two of my poems, imprecation and WomanRoots, published in the latest issue of Pink Panther Magazine. The magazine can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/yUcPOM
My October 2011 solo show at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut was a great success. I am greatly honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit there. My thanks to the Board for all their help before, during and after the 5-week show.
April 29, 2011: I am proud to announce that ABC has licensed four more of my works for use as set decoration on the TV show Desperate Housewives.
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