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 started to doubt my purpose and ability in doing art. Working from home I decided to rescue a small, stout Lancashire Heeler named Rocky.
Unemployed, lost and confused, I started painting portraits of my new dog. Not to practice or capture a likeness, but to paint what he meant to me. What his eyes were telling me. What he was silently teaching me: How to serve others (he carried everything for us, including my wife's purse.) How to play hard (his short legs and stature never limited him). Most of all, how to live in the moment because Life is short.
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!