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Opening Reception Old Dogs & New Tricks

Old Dogs & New Tricks

Evelyn in the Marvelous Mystery Mutt Tour Bus

Evelyn in the Marvelous Mystery Mutt Tour Bus

What a fantastic time at the opening of my solo show Old Dogs & New Tricks! Thank you to everyone from the gallery who helped out! A special shout out to Kate Johnson from Boxer Rescue Angels of Florida for taking photos at the Marvelous Mystery Mutt Tour Bus, we raised $35 for the rescue! And also to my friend Jean Blackburn who manned the dessert table! 

I had a terrific time and was so surprised by the people who showed up. I saw fellow artist Michelle whom I met at last summer's Creative Capitol workshop and a old co-worker of mine and his wife from my days at Hagenbeck Wallace, the prop shop for Ringling Brother Circus. 

Lynette and Dawn of Boxer Rescue Angels of Florida with the artist.

Australian Ridgeback

Future Barking Dog Creations Studio Top Model!

visiting pups

The Last Dessert

The Last Dessert

and dessert buffet!

Paintings in the show

Marvelous Mystery Mutt Tour 

Look for my upcoming solo show at the Bird Key Yacht Club this September!

Summer Sycamore no 5 Wins Second Place!

Very proud to have one of my recent landscape paintings in the Open Juried Landscape Show at Art Uptown Gallery in Sarasota! The piece won second place and will be in the Main Street window for the next two weeks. 

The show runs April 30 through May 27th and the opening receptions is Friday May 6th from 6 - 9PM. I am heading out of town so I will not be able to attend but it's First Friday in downtown Sarasota so it is a great time to see some art!

Summer Sycamore no 5, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 24X24"

Summer Sycamore no 5, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 24X24"

Compassion Fatigue, Happy Abby, Links You Need to See

Compassion Fatigue - Do You Know When to Take a Break?

Cher of Second Chance Boxer Rescue - Cher is looking for her "Furever" home!

Cher of Second Chance Boxer Rescue - Cher is looking for her "Furever" home!

This week there was an event in the Tampa area involving a Boxer, her pups, and a two year old child that did not end well for all involved. I am not going to go into all the specific details because this event is not what I want to discuss. I follow many animal rescues, shelters and their caregivers. I see the many animals that need our help. To be clear, I do not directly work with a rescue or shelter although I have rescued two Boxers. I do not know what it is to do this first hand and I am in constant awe of the people who give all their free time to help these animals. 

There are periods of time I try not to dwell on the links on Facebook, but in the one mentioned above the video started playing automatically and I watched and read the events that played out. Who knows why some things touch us more deeply than others but this one got me. And it made me think. Do we know when to step away for a bit so we can care for ourselves? 

"Compassion Fatigue" is a real thing and it's not just about those who sacrifice and care for their fellow human beings. It also effects animal care givers. 

“Compassion fatigue is an occupational hazard of our work with animals, whether you are an animal control officer or kennel attendant in a small town or an internationally recognized veterinarian. Our work requires that we compassionately and effectively respond to the constant demand to be helping to those who are suffering and in need.“ - Jessica Dolce

So I'm wondering. What do you do when you become overwhelmed? Do you unplug so you can take some time to care and reward yourself for all that you do? Because you should. Only when we are at our best can we give our best to others. 

Read more about Compassion Fatigue here: The Fatal Epidemic of Animal Care Workers that No One is Talking About

Links You Need to See

Looking to wallpaper a room? Well I don't think you could go wrong with this lovely paper designed by Julia Rothman. 100% of the proceeds go to help pups in need! And while you're at check out her site, she's done some awesome work!

Dog Park Wallpaper by Julia Rothman

Dog Park Wallpaper by Julia Rothman

If you are looking for some other creative stuff with the pup theme you would do well to follow my Pinterest board - "Stuff for Cool Dogs and Their Skin Families"

Happy Abby Hits Mains Street


Happy Abby has won third place at the annual Art Uptown Dog Day's of Summer! Join me this Friday August 7th, 6-9Pm for the opening reception!