So why has my art gone to the dogs? If you own or used to own a dog, you understand how much they impact our lives. The silent bonds and stories we share with them inspire us to be better people.
Most of my career I worked as a professional concept artist and art director where I visually developed the backstories for characters in games and film. After being laid off I decided to rescue a small, stout Lancashire Heeler named Rocky.
Unemployed and inspired by my new companion I started painting portraits of Rocky. Not to practice or capture a likeness, but to paint what he meant to me. What he meant to me: Loyalty (he carried everything for us, including my wife's purse.) Confidence (his short legs and stature never limited him). Most of all, how to live life to the fullest.
This last lesson was painfully delivered upon his passing in 2016. The night he died I decided my art would go to the dogs. I immediately began to paint the stories of other pups with an obligation to give these magnificent souls a voice. Not only to keep Rocky's legacy alive but the countless dogs who improve our lives every day. Hopefully, their stories and voices will touch your soul the way they do mine.
If you would like to learn more about my journey Click the image below to hear my interview on the podcast Rescue Rocks!