My very best friend in the entire world was my rat terrier named Gator. My family rescued him when I was a little girl and we immediately had a very special connection. He became my constant companion and shadow for 18 years. He was commonly referred to as the “little gentleman”.
In my teenage years we would wake up early before school and jog together as the sun was just beginning to rise. He loved to run and was so well behaved that he didn’t need a leash, but would just run obediently next to me. When I moved away to college in Colorado, he came with me. We explored mountains and snow for the first time together. Loving to travel, he also came with me on adventures. He dipped his toes and tongue in the oceans of both coasts, smelled the smells of all four corners of the country and everything in between. We did everything together. He was a lucky dog, but we were both so very lucky to have each other.
Through the heartache of his loss in November 2015, I found comfort and solace in painting his portrait. Charmed by my use of vivid colors, others began asking me to paint pictures of their beloved pets, too. Some of these pets still living, playing, barking and running, and some, like mine, in loving memory.
He filled my life with so much love and happiness that in his honor I donate 10% of every portrait price to my local animal shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries. Not a second goes by that I wish he wasn’t still by my side, but in his absence I now use my art to give back to other animals in need, and provide a bit of peace to clients by forever immortalizing their four-legged best friends.
Now, I have two new rescues, Goose (Animal Rescue of the Rockies) and Bisou (HOPE for Animals). They fill my every day with new love and fun. We spend our days painting, playing, hiking, biking, swimming and skiing.
We (all) thank you for your interest, enthusiasm and generosity!