Lucia Heffernan describes herself as a graphic designer by trade and an oil painter by design. In her paintings, the American-Taiwanese artist imagines what would animals do if they were humans. Like doggies dreaming about tennis balls, mice taking a hot bubble bath, chickens ice-skating, ducklings snorkeling, pigs graduating, etc.
She reveals that her love for both art and animals began in her earliest years, since she was a little girl.
“Through my paintings, I seek to give animals a voice and a personality, while making light of our uniquely human existence,” the artist wrote on her personal website. “By imagining what animals might do if put in human situations, I stage tableaus that shine a spotlight on both their innocence and raw instinct. This collision between animal and human sensibilities creates a whimsical, theatrical, and often humorous world that viewers can relate to on an emotional level.”
You can find Heffernan’s animals on her Instagram account. Scroll down and check out the paintings below or have a look at her personal website for more.