Anyone who is familiar with my me or my art, knows that since Dash came into my life four years ago, I have become an official dog-nut. My art is filled with dogs and my head is filled with dogs. I read articles, magazines and books about dogs. I watch all the dog trainers on TV. I check in on Petfinder almost every day to see what dogs are needing homes. I don't have one, but I would wear one of those t-shirts that reads "I'd rather be with my dog." or "Life is better with a dog." - because it's true.
In June 2020, we got Jake, who I fell head over heels in love with and then he tragically died in early September. In late September Ram arrived, via what I can only describe as, Divine Intervention.
Looking back, I saw that in 2021 I only wrote one blog - in January, about a 100 Days of Decluttering project that I was starting and the space doing so would open up in my art-making. One hundred days later, around the beginning of April, the thing that started filling that big space that opened up, turned out to be our puppy Ram. Ram has grown from a sweet little five pound puppy with expressive eyes and a worried brow to a 14 and half pound adolescent with the same adorable features. When I first saw his photo from the Three Little Pitties Rescue group coordinator, I could tell that he didn't have the confidence of either Dash or Jake, but I had a compelling feeling that he was to be our dog.
Now, almost a year and half later, I understand how everything in his story fits together. I'm beginning a different approach to being an artist with this blog post - adding DOGS to my blog because my dogs add so much to my art. Now my art can be a platform at this time to share the story of a little dog with a big anxiety disorder who is teaching me so much, as my husband and I come to better understand how Ram perceives the world and what we can do to help him have a great doggie life.
I hope you will follow along this year as I share my discoveries as I make art with dogs in mind and share how dogs and making art wind their way around each other to create something special to me.