What I say

Me with "Protecting", Best of Show,

North Valley Art League juried small painting show

Redding, California




I am a visual storyteller. I am a dreamer and an idealist.

Watercolor on paper is my preferred medium.

Since childhood, the imaginative world of animal possibilities has been my preferred reality.

Throughout my life, I have found comfort in my partnership with four-legged companions.


I share my imaginative images a few ways:

a custom portrait of your companion animal,

an original painting,

notecards or

archival prints of my images.



 My HEART is an important tool in my process of creating.


----When I meet your animal companion, I look with my heart to find his/her essence to express in the portrait I paint for your remembering.


----The first step when collaborating with a writer to illustrate a verbal message with an image, is to listen to and see with my heart.


----In my personal work, I play with collage intuitively, to find animal combinations that resonate with a heart message I want to share.



A finished painting has to be shared for me to feel the cycle

of creating an image come to completion.


My wish is that my images will invite you to open your heart to a world of possible stories and the image you choose to invite into your home or office will continue to inspire and delight you.



Some technical highlights..............


All original paintings are painted on 300 pound Arches 100% cotton rag paper. I use professional quality watercolor paint. Archival giclee prints  and notecards are available of my original paintings, as well as prints and notecards of your animal portrait.


I have shown my work in California, Colorado, Wyoming, Kentucky, Tennessee and New York, and won awards.


My formal training was completed at Rhode Island School of Design where I began an intimate visual exploration of my relationship to the natural world toward developing a personal mythology.


Home is rural New York where I immerse myself in her healing landscape, always with a four-legged companion.


I have provided links to websites of innovative artists that have inspired me to create,  grow and love!


Some biographical highlights..........


I grew up in Newark, NJ where I felt out of place as a city-child. Since then, I have fulfilled some of my dreams:

I have consistantly had canine companions,

I completed art school,

I moved to a rural town in 1986 and have continued to live as a country person,

I have cared for horses in my own backyard,

I have lived in three dream homes,

I have leisurely traveled by car all over the USA following an inner navigator for months at a time, 3 years in a row, meeting and conversing with many wonderful people, sharing my artwork.


Now I am in the process of fulfilling another dream - to live and make a living as an artist full time to share the love I create on paper honoring the animal world.


Life is full!


Happy tails!




 Buddy & Izabel



 Wimpy & Rose