We all love dogs. They're our companions – we share with them our lives and most intimate secrets. They have become symbols of emotional support and represent something cute and lovable; they're iconic to us.
My dear dog Luna loves going to my studio– she knows every subway stop and gets quite excited when we get to the building. Sometimes, she'll hang out with other artists' dogs. After a few hours, she climbs onto the couch, and all I hear is her snoring while I paint. She's my sort of inspiration for this project and absolutely the best company.
In my paintings, I recreate dogs without much description. I'm looking for something raw and bold to capture their essence. I limit drawing and use paint to do all the work. The texture comes from a messy surface, and color choices are always intense and dramatic. I try to achieve the most painterly look possible. My dog portraits are charged and have a unique energy that creates
character despite destroying their standard anatomical form.
I have the intention to create a visceral reaction with these paintings and to connect deeply with dog lovers. I wanted these contemporary works to go beyond, so I tied them to a cause. I will donate a piece of the profit to the wellbeing of dogs, by supporting The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®
(ASPCA®) whose headquarters are in my home of New York City. The ASPCA's mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is "to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States."