David Kane is an artist who has experimented in a variety of mediums. His artistic career began in the 1990s where he started by sculpting ceramics, then he eventually fell in love with acrylic. For the last 5 years, he has been involved in a program called The Greyhound Inmate Experience (TGIE). In 2006, TGIE (www.tgie-greyhounds.org) was founded by Gaye Ann Weaver in Coldwater, MI as a way to rescue retired racing Greyhounds for family adoption.
At the end of the program, each dog is adopted with a tote bag that features a portrait or imagery inspired by their heritage. As an artist in the program, David captures the beauty of the Greyhounds and how they’re misunderstood. His art features a variety of themes, from abstract to psychedelic. There are also some aspects of realism that the viewer will notice as well.
Many of David's paintings have been donated to financial supporters of TGIE, as well as volunteers. His artwork has also been featured in the University of Michigan Art Program. Other pieces have also been sold at auctions with the proceeds going directly back to the TGIE program (www.tgie-greyhounds.org).
David’s inspiration is heavily influenced by the Greyhounds he works with. He paints with the theme of transformation that he sees in the Greyhounds as they go through the 10-week training program. In his own words, he paints about having a “second chance at life” and he tries to capture the journey that he and the Greyhounds are on together.