About the Artist:
Studies show that art therapy can enhance communication, brain function and social interaction for dementia patients. In fact, visual art can trigger dormant memories and emotions, inspiring conversations among these patients who normally struggle to express themselves. What’s more, when dementia patients create the art themselves, that activity stimulates the whole brain. Instead of just responding to images, patients must plan, remember, create patterns and use motor skills.
Because of art’s effects on Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, several museums have initiated programs aimed at older adults suffering from these conditions. For example, in 2006, the Museum of Modern Art developed an Alzheimer’s Project based on research it conducted with Artists for Alzheimer’s (sponsored by the Hearthstone Foundation).
Dogbotz Boneyard is pleased to present the artwork of anonymous outsider artist B. D. “I have learned that those who are the most trustworthy and loyal run on four legs, chasing tennis balls,” B. D. tells us. In this playfully executed colored pencil drawing, the artist honors one of his valued companions. And so, from our Dogbotz Boneyard Gallery of Art for your own personal collection, we present B. D.’s Jasper.