Colorful Goat, 2017
acrylic paint on canvas board
8" x 10" (20.3 cm x 25.4 cm)
© copyright Michael Kraus
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On the far side of the farm was a field where a few of the animals were allowed to wander. She went to see the flowers and got more than she bargained for. As soon as she came over the small hills the animals began to gather around her. It didn't take long for most of them to wander away when they realized she didn't have any food for them. That is, all except for one white goat. For the rest of the afternoon, the white goat followed her around the farm. It'd nudge her arm for affection. It'd bleat at her when it was bored at standing in a specific area. But, most of all, it wanted to be her friend.
Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children's Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold hundreds of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.
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