One of the artists (and there were many) interviewed during the film mentioned something especially interesting to me. He said that there is a deep connection between artists and animals.
This resonates with me. I have always loved to paint animals. Given the limitations of language, their 'humanity' (or beingness) is obvious when they are looked at closely, with respect.
And isn't this what artists do - look at everything closely, with respect, with a desire to understand and represent in some form?
'Attention', acrylic, 40" x 40"