It was just about one year ago that I had to say goodbye to one of my most valued family members. Maui, my 19 year-old Ragdoll cat had been with me through all of my years of learning, growing and becoming the person who I am today. He was my grade 9 graduation present from my parents. I had no idea then that he would be with my by my side through junior high, high school, college and post college.
The attachment we have to our pets is truly a unique human quality. We accept these animals into our home. We give them food, shelter and unconditional love. They give us unconditional love in return, whether it’s an excited greeting at the front door when we come home from work, a warm cuddle while we sit and read a book, or when they lean into us knowing we are upset.
They become our companion.
It has taken me almost 1 full year to be able to create this Ashes to Art memorial. Maui has traveled to Canmore with me more than a few times with the intention of making him into a glass kitty. I thought this would be an easier thing to do than what it ended up being.
I finally managed to make him into the beautiful cat he deserves to be. He is just as stunning in glass as he was in real life. I am so lucky to be able to make this type of work.