I began a daily painting practice in 2009 as a method of maintaining the importance of visual arts in my life. I had just had my son (March 2009) and met Clair Hartmann on a roadtrip to Willmington, NC with my parents and three month old son. She had completed a series of “Daily Dog” paintings, doing a dog a day for 100 days. That sounded like a great plan to me, until I returned to my teaching job and realized 100 days is longer than three months, so I set my goal as 30 dogs in 30 days and did my first series in 2010. The wonderful result has been I am deeply invested in my art practice and I have developed a strong on-line following for these series. They have become Events, and I continue to be amazed at the collaborative practice between my patrons and me.
In 2010 I set about painting my thirty dogs, sending out e-mails and asking for people to send me their dogs. The result has been wonderfully overwhelming, with nearly every painting selling every year! It has gotten so good that now I select a pet-related charity for each project and I donate a percentage of all profits.