It all started when…
Due to health reasons, I became unable to keep up with the physically demanding career of dog training. But let’s back up for a moment.
Animals have been an important part of my life since I was a kid. The only toys I cared for were stuffed animals, and I made up elaborate stories and interactions for tall of their fuzzy little lives. Growing up in Texas, the most common pet was always a dog or cat. My mom and sister are allergic to cats, so I gravitated to dogs as my favorite, plus I just loved their playful personalities… As soon as I learned to read, I began to devour books on all things dog related, including breed encyclopedias, dog training manuals, and grooming. I was obsessed.
Some of my first jobs were as a tech at dog boarding kennels and daycare centers, and as I grew older, I realized I wanted to work with them full time. So I grew up to become a dog trainer! It was actually in the first month of dog training school that I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy, and a lot of things began to make sense in my life.
I spent about 10 years working with dogs professionally, until a couple of years ago when I realized I wasn’t able to keep up with the physical job anymore. That was devastating. I had been painting regularly as a form of art therapy to deal with the symptoms of Narcolepsy, and suddenly, I had lost something very important to me. I took my pain to the canvas, and began painting portraits of the dogs I had trained. My mood elevated, and my art collectors LOVED their portraits! I realized that these colorful paintings bring just as much joy to dog lovers as they do to me when I’m painting them! Win-Win!
That brings me to now. I am currently painting fluid abstractions, pet portraits and spirit animal portraits regularly, and I’m also working on some new offerings that I’m really excited to announce soon!