What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, "Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand...once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.”― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
Davey Cadaver has spent his life in search of the magic called REAL. When he was just a child, he began to draw. He drew and drew and drew so much that he got scolded for it and all of his crayons and pencils and papers were taken away. Luckily for Davey, he had a menagerie of animals to share his ideas and secrets with. Animals that had already become real and animals that would become real in time. And they would tell him secrets back. Davey moved around so often because his father was in the military, so he found it difficult to make human friends, but he always had his animal friends with him. He traveled across America seeing the most beautiful sights and dreaming the most beautiful dreams. And the animals saw it with him.
As time passed, Davey got taller and bigger and the animals got older and shabbier. Some of them lost their eyes, some their hair, and some were lost all together. Eventually, Davey got back his crayons and pencils and paper. He also added paint and brushes and wood to his collection. He began painting with his hands and feeling instead of just seeing. And as all the animals transformed into REAL animals, they also would shape shift and make appearances in his paintings. It was then that he knew that he was a REAL artist and that this was his destiny.
Davey currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he creates magic daily. His paintings are alive. They are unspeakable. If you see with more than your eyes, you will understand...