Author(s): Sue Coccia
Colouring in these stunning images of bears, wolves, birds, dolphins and many other creatures will soothe and relax you. Colouring has become a form of art therapy, as well as a way to help you explore your creativity. Sue Coccia's fascinating images reveal her deep connection to the animal kingdom that surrounds her in Washington State, USA. The drawings depict animal images, or totems, from around the world. Animal totems represent a deep spirituality and by beginning to understand animals' qualities and traits, we can learn from them. Most people already have a favourite animal that they identify with, even if they cannot always express why. Each artwork is drawn by hand: Sue chooses which animal to draw and plans the outline only in her mind, then begins drawing. She starts in the middle and works outwards, incorporating intricate imagery of other animals and nature, which are all connected to each other and to the main animal. Finally, she adds the outline, creating a spectacular, meaningful artwork. Look for the secret ladybird hiding in every image: she represents good luck, happiness and prosperity!
Award-winning artist Sue Coccia is from Edmonds, Washington State, in north-west USA. Her grandmother's grandmother was Native American, and that heritage has had a large influence on her art. Indigenous art, and its relationship with the animal worlds, has also influenced Sue's unique style. A deep love of all animals was instilled at a very young age and Sue has dedicated her life's work to them.