Giving back to the rescue and shelter community is one of the driving forces of my animal paintings. I became involved in rescue in 2007 after adopting my beautiful Boxer girl Tilly from Florida Boxer Rescue. When adopting from a rescue someone from the organization will come to your home to ensure you are a suitable fit for the animals. While I and my Marvelous Mystery Mutt Johnny were being interviewed they saw a painting I did of my first ever dog, Frank. My giving back had begun! I donated a gift certificate for a custom portrait to raise funds for their organization. Not only did this start my journey with helping animals it also started my business.
Working for rescues and in shelters can be very difficult and at the same time extremely rewarding. I am in constant awe of the work the volunteers do to help those who have become dependent on us for their well being. Below are some of the portraits I have done for the gift certificate custom portrait winners over the years. Many of these dogs are rescues themselves and are now in wonderful "furever" homes. Please, when it comes time for you to find your next furry soul mate, adopt. You will be rewarded by your choice in so many, many ways.
I am a proud member of Art for Barks, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit that was formed to support Service Dogs, Rescue Animals and Animal Artists & Writers. Their goal is to facilitate public education about animals and art through their Fine Art Gallery Museum and Dog Art & Literary Journal. Through their art and literary education programs they help people make humane and informed choices affecting their animals.