Ok, I don't want to nauseate any of you with too much of a mutual admiration society going on here, BUT I am not going to withhold a thank you from those to whom it is due! Joni Webb of Cote de Texas surprised me with a very sweet post yesterday after I posted her interview and I can't help but acknowledge her kindness publicly. Always an honor to be on Cote de Texas!



I just wanted to let you know that I have now ventured into the world of pet portraiture. I know you've all been waiting on pins and needles to hear this. Not!! (did I really just use that beyond stale term?) Yes, I know. I, too, have heard the proverbial jokes and defamatory jibes applied to the "desperate" artists who resort to painting pets. Truth is, pets are a big part of people's lives and sometimes loved even more than humans (especially here in Florida). The illustrious artist George Stubbs certainly didn't think animals too lowly a subject!

I'll be honest with you, I don't have any pets. My olfactory is far too sensitive and I have allergies to pet hair and dander. I am the type of person who sneezes, on average, about 5- 7 times in a row (yeah, I know - fun!). Now, I have known some people with such dirty and vile smelling animals that keeping my food down when I was around them posed quite a challenge (the animals, not the people -well, mostly the animals). I can tell you that experiences like that are not ones your senses quickly forget and furthermore don't help any to get me on the pet bandwagon with the majority. However, I do have my moments when I see people like Patricia Gray and her adorable little Yorkie, Nicole, and a wave of pet-envy sweeps over me. Then there is my fellow blogger and friend, Joni Webb of Cote de Texas, who has two dogs, Sammie and Georgie, that are adored by her family. I can't imagine that she lets them get gross. I can see it.... a furry, loyal and adoring creature who guilelessly looks forward to nothing more than waiting for you to come home (besides being fed, maybe). I recently had the honor of immortalizing Joni's dogs in gouache from photos. I am now looking for some new subjects, so please don't be shy and feel free to contact me about painting your favorite little (or big) furry friend or giving a pet portrait for a special occasion.


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I want to send a special thank you to Joni Webb, a gifted designer who posts regularly on her stylish blog, Cote de Texas. This spunky and colorful Houstonian commissioned me to paint one of her favorite views in her house, a garden statue that sits in a light-drenched front window between two silk drapery panels. It was a pleasure working with her and I look forward to doing more work for her very soon! She is a warm and gracious lady. You can read her post on our collaboration here. Thank you, Joni! I love doing commissions for my clients! The interaction is such a fun process and it's a delight to work with some wonderful people. Why don't YOU consider having me do a favorite piece/room/object for you or as a gift for a loved one? Please feel free to contact me at: