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‘Starving artist’ sells sketches to fund dog rescue

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SNOW HILL — Quentin Warren spends his days making the world a better place for man’s best friend.

For 15 years now, he has been rescuing dogs, and some cats, from brutal and lonely lives by funding those efforts with his original artwork.

Most days, you will find him at the intersection of Fort Run and Bullhead roads northwest of Snow Hill in rural Greene County. His portfolio isn’t that of a typical artist.

Rather than consisting of carefully colored canvasses, clay pots and figurines, or charcoal sketches, Warren breathes life into old slats of broken wood, chipped kitchen tile, damp cardboard and used plastic and glass bottles.

His creativity flows with discarded objects in hand, but he still implores people to stop being so wasteful.

“Environmental abuse and animal abuse are worse than ever,” Warren said. “As a society, we have to take care of the world we live in, but we also have to love the creatures that live with us.”

Warren said he’s stopped keeping track of the many animals he’s saved. He sincerely believes rescuing dogs gives him more appreciation for his life — even during the most dire situations.

As a self-proclaimed “starving artist,” he struggles to pay his bills and even feed himself. For Warren, though, the dogs come first.

“(They) are so grateful and resilient and love life so much, no matter their circumstances,” he said. “They simply love.”

Warren encourages others to help rescue stray animals on his single-page website, www.imaod.com. The website address is an acronym for “Irresistible mutts are often discarded.”

“Dogs are dumped, abused and suffer,” Warren writes on his website. “Please help by saving one roadside, in a shelter or (in) any bad situation.”

Sales of Warren’s original artwork pay for animal food, veterinary bills and his own living expenses. Those interested in buying his work can peruse it on the roadside in Greene County or contact Warren at 919-396-0578 and info@imaod.com.

While Warren’s life isn’t easy or kind, he continues to dedicate his days to making the lives of neglected dogs, and perceived junk, worthwhile and meaningful.

He says that even though this life is his calling, he finds that most of the time words cannot express how much his work means to him.

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