Artist paints unusual subjects

April 13, 2009 4:49:52 AM PDT
Artist Joani Braun finds her models by the side of the road.

Squished. She paints roadkill.

Her portraits of dead critters range from skunks to deer.

So, why paint dead animals?

Braun tells Michigan's Traverse City Record-Eagle newspaper she somehow feels the animal's spirit.

But she adds she's still trying to figure it all out.

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