Since the inclusion of the ‘Featured Artist’ spotlight on the NAP’s website, there have been more than 180 different artists showcased on our homepage. One of the very first artists to be selected, the third to be exact, was painter Millie Reddig from Boise, Idaho.
Millie’s work has always leaned towards the whimsical and in 2009 she realized that she could use her colorful painting style to provide assistance to many of the animals facing neglect that she was constantly hearing about in the news. Millie started out by donating prints of her animal paintings to the Idaho Humane Society for their annual fundraiser. These were so well received that she has since done a number of custom animal portraits for other rescue organizations to use in their fundraising events. Along with donating her paintings, Millie also provides a foster home for animals in need as well as participating in a TNR Program (Trap Neuter Release). Since starting this project in 2009, she has painted roughly the same number of portraits as the number of feral cats she has trapped to be spayed/neutered – totaling around 60!
It was the same year that Millie started using her paintings to help animals in need that she first learned about the National Arts Program® from her husband who is an employee with the City of Boise. She entered and was awarded third place in the Professional category for her painting entitled “Lily”. Through the show she learned about the NAP's website and decided that displaying her artwork in the online artist gallery would be a wonderful opportunity. After uploading a few images and writing a short bio about herself, Millie’s artwork was able to be viewed by the entire NAP community. Her vibrant paintings caught the eye of the NAP staff and she was chosen to be one of our very first ‘Featured Artists’. Upon hearing the news, Millie commented that she was thrilled to be chosen stating, “it is never too late to find something you are passionate about and pursue your dreams!” We couldn't agree more and are proud to support artists like Millie through our exhibitions.
To see more of Millie's work or to learn more about the rescue organizations she works with, please click here to visit her website.