I love to make stuff and I love my dogs, so this was a natural transition. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I decided to make some changes.
I love painting these pet portraits, to hear their stories and I know that the people who seek me out love their pets as much as I love mine.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2014. With all of the surgeries and a long recovery time, I had time to re- evaluate my life and what I wanted to do with it. I have a BFA from RISD and making art is important to me , so l painted my puppies and posted them on line. I immediately got requests to paint others pets. And so it started.
I feel really honored to paint memorial portraits. I too have lost beloved pets and know how much their memory means to me, so in turn I feel deeply moved to paint a memorial for someone. Recently, a client told me she hung the portrait of her dog on the wall across from the front door so she is there to greet her everyday when she gets home,just like before. This is exactly why I do this.