When I was a kid, my best friend and I used to sell our (terrible) drawings to the neighbors so we could convince our parents to take us to Taco Bell. This kid from Russia is so much better than us in every way.
Not only are his paintings actual masterpieces, but he donates all of the money he earns to buy food and supplies for animal shelters.
Meet Pavel Abramov, a 9-year-old from Russia on a mission to help stray animals. The budding artist resides in the small city of Arzamas in Nizhny Novgorod, where he spends his days painting personalized pet portraits for people.
The beauty and detail of his paintings far surpass his age – his work is incredible! Even better, he puts in all of the hard work just so he can donate food and supplies to local animal shelters.
Pavel is proof that anyone can make a difference and help make this world a better place in their own way.
Pavel started the project, called “Kind Paintbrush,” with his mother Ekaterina Bolshakova about a year ago. The credit all goes to Pavel, who couldn’t shake the loss of his best four-legged pal and wanted to do something to help the stray animals roaming the streets of his city.
And so, in memory of his sweet Barsik, Pavel started painting personalized pet portraits.
That’s not all this mother-son duo do to help animals in need. The pair also manages a group on Russian social media site VK called “What a little volunteer is capable of?”
The group proves over and over again that even the smallest citizens can make a big impact when it comes to making this world a brighter place.
Other than help from his mom, Pavel works completely independently. He doesn’t have a team of managers or employees, and he doesn’t get any outside help from funds or organizations. He is a one man show.
Instead of asking for cold hard cash, Pavel has his customers donate kilograms of meat, porridge, and supplies to local shelters in exchange for painted portraits of their beloved pets.
When he is commissioned to make a piece, he works off a photo of the pet. He knows all of his subjects by name and often has a chance to meet them after he completes their portrait.
Pavel is always curious about how owners met their four-legged family members.
He is deeply moved by the stories he hears about stray animals rescued from the cold streets – this is what makes his hard work worthwhile.
What first started as a local project has turned into something so much bigger.
People far away from Arzamas city, all throughout Russia and even from different parts of the world, are now reaching out to Pavel to have portraits of their pets done so that they can partake in the charitable mission.
Pavel’s stunning works of art now hang in homes in Spain, Germany, and the list continues to grow.
There is only one animal shelter in Arzamas; this is where Pavel volunteers his time. He is the youngest volunteer at the shelter, which houses over 100 dogs.
Depending on what the shelter needs at any given time, Pavel asks for household supplies, accessories, food, and so forth.
Sweet Ksyusha’s portrait was purchased for 6 kg of buckwheat, canned dog food, bandages and medicine.
This adorable portrait of Chuck was exchanged for 5 kg for buckwheat, 10 cans of dog food and skin medicine.
Jesse’s portrait cost 7 kg of offal and 3 kg of buckwheat
Timofey’s portrait was exchanged for a collection of medicines and dog collars.
These two cute hamsters were painted in exchange for 4 kg of canned dog food, 2.5 kg of dry food, a leash and a toy.
Onyx’s portrait was exchanged for 3 kg of canned dog food, 2.5 kg of oatmeal, 4 kg of pearl barley, dog treats, and household supplies.
The portrait of Rex, Tuzik, Keks and Lusya returned 5 cans of canned beef, 1 liter of milk, 3 kg of cereal, a pack of dry food, and 5 kg of trimmings.
These three four-legged siblings were painted in exchange for 15 kg of beef trimmings.
“Our family is proud of his wonderful project. His days are scheduled to minutes, he wants to do absolutely everything, there is just not enough time,” Pavel’s mother told Bored Panda.
Pavel has big dreams and plans to continue helping animals all throughout his life. In the future, he’d like to become an architect and build a big animal shelter. In the meantime, he will continue using his artwork to make a difference.