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KINDRED SPIRITS

We spoke to Craig Norcross about his phantasmagorical vegan art

Craig Norcross grew up in Louisiana in a typical meat and dairy household. After learning about the horrors of the farming industry, Craig went vegan and has now been living a life of compassion for 17 years. Craig teaches art classes, mainly using acrylic paints, after majoring at the University of New Orleans. He creates incredible fantasy-inspired images of animals to raise awareness about the plight of exploited animals around the world. We spoke to Craig about his inspiration and the deeper meaning behind his artwork.

Tell me about your vegan journey

It started when I was around 20 years old and my sister was about 23. She went vegan and I learned about it from her. I really looked up to her, she’s a really intelligent person, and I was taken aback by what I found was happening in the world. From then on, I bought into the vegan ethos. It was an ethical decision on my part because I was a really sympathetic person, especially towards animals, so that was something that struck a chord with me.

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Every morning I sit down at my desk with an almond milk Earl Grey (in my red starry mug) and read emails, press releases and the latest news. It continues to amaze me that so much of what I read in the mainstream media is relevant to veganism. Negative articles about vegans and veganism seem to be diminishing to be replaced with pieces highlighting the benefits to the environment, animal welfare and our health. The number of businesses embracing compassion and removing animal products from their products, as well as making sure they are cruelty-free, is astounding. With this in mind, we have brought you a business feature which I am really excited about. We have spoken to Stephanie Redcross who founded a vegan marketing, consulting and coaching company to advise entrepreneurs and professionals about how to run their businesses without compromising their core values. There has been an explosion of small vegan enterprises over the last few years and there are still so many gaps in the market — if you have an idea for a vegan product or service which you want to make a reality, this feature is perfect for you. We have also noticed that the number of people taking part in animal tourism has increased recently. You may have seen pictures of people visiting swimming pigs in the Bahamas and with the clear sparkling water and cloudless blue skies you would be forgiven for thinking that this looked like paradise. Unfortunately, these pigs do not live the life of luxury that you may expect and it is so sad, though not surprising, that in 2017 tourism still exploits animals for commercial gain. Finally, we have some incredible recipes for you in this issue including a personal favourite, scones with cream and jam, and a whole host of fun Halloween recipes which you can make with your kids or, if you’re a big kid like me, for yourself! Have a happy Halloween and make sure you stock up on some vegan sweets for those trick or treaters!
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