“I gave them my all, and they gave me back my life.”
“As you sow, so shall you reap…” a quote from the King James Version of the Bible, Epistle to the Galatians, 6.7, has a strong message of karma. It means consequences of actions are in proportion to intentions. The seeds you have sown may be your children; your future.
Have you heard the saying, “An Act of God?” What about “An Act of Dog?” What do art and compassion have to do with either phrase concerning man’s-best-friend? This interview illustrates how painting with a purpose can save a pet’s life, improve our world, and create a better future for our children, one gentle stroke at a time.
Studies cited in Stanford Social Innovation Review and Prezi states artists have a powerful medium for reporting on the consciousness of our civilization. By combining the parallel pathways of art and compassion, a powerful engine for social change can be created.
Mark Barone and Marina Dervan create art work that saves lives every day, because animal lives matter, too.
Marina is a twenty year veteran of coaching corporate executives from Wall Street to Continental Europe. However, her most recent endeavor is one from the heart as co-founder of the charity An Act of Dog.
Charity founder and artist Mark Barone and Marina created the working, interactive Museum of Compassion where children can expression their passion and follow their path of emotional self-discovery concerning all acts of love and atrocities in society, but especially those for and against animals.
“All children are born artists,” Picasso said. Marina and Mark agree.
As a narrative painter for thirty-five years, Mark never had an interest in painting pretty wall art. His work always had a purpose and a spiritual foundation focused on the struggles of the human condition. Now it impacts change for animal conditions.
Mark’s personal story of redemption includes two cherished dogs, Santina and Rudy. It is the power of dog-love that powers Mark’s paint brushes and Marina’s media engagements.