In addition to being an artist, I am a lifelong dog lover and animal rights activist. I love painting the animals we share our lives with and witnessing through art the connection they have to us. I enjoy looking at these wonderful creatures and the many moods they reflect as they uplift and enrich our lives. I also do commissioned work for those who would like their own best friend, immortalized in oil paint for generations to come. I generally set up a session with the dog, meet and interact with them to get a sense of their personality, do sketches and take photographs before returning to the studio to do the finished artwork. Occasionally our friends leave us all too soon and I do accept posthumous commissions if there is an acceptable array of photographs and stories to work from.