Dawn Siebel observes and engages with the animal subjects in her paintings, spending hours sitting with and photographing them. The translucent layers made with frayed brushes that create the textural details in her paintings portray the “beingness” of each animal, regarding them as equal to the viewer who returns their gazes. “It’s that Beingness I want the viewer to [intuitively understand and empathize with], a recognition of an equal Other, of sentience. I do not paint the generic. These animals have posed for their portraits. I love them all,” Siebel says.