In process detail of "Still Waters (Bear)," 16" x 20", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of a Golden Retriever I've painted more often than my own dog, acrylics on a museum quality panel. Ask nicely if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet.
In some ways, it's shockingly wonderful. There are people who care enough about my artwork to pay me. It's crazy! (THANKS!!)
And some of them care enough to buy multiples - I am shipping 5 pieces off next week to a home that already holds far more than that. How lucky am I? (THANK YOU!!)
And there are those who interact regularly via emails and messages, feeding my muse with their questions, ideas, and generosity. You keep my brain dancing with the possibilities. Again, how lucky am I? (and THANK YOU TOO!)
And then there are those, who, for whatever reason, shift from fan to collector to friend. Bear's portrait is going to someone who's done just that, rather gracefully (yes, an intentional play on words, as her "gracefulness" earned her some golden crutches). She does so much more than merely hang my art in her home, and it is ALWAYS a treat to get to paint one of her goldens.
As November looms, a month spent celebrating thanks, I thought I would kick things off early with a special thanks to all of you, for your support, your patronage, and your friendships. You have enabled me to keep my studio doors open for nearly 14 years.
Thanks for everything!