Portfolio > The Modern Dog

Running Dog
Markers on paper
8.5" x 12"
2015
Dog Days of Summer I
Watercolor and markers
2015
Dog Days of Summer II
Watercolor and markers on paper
2015
Feeling Everything
Markers and watercolor on paper
8" x 8"
2015
Desert Cattle Dog
Watercolor, Pen and Markers on Paper
2014
Red Moon
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
8" x 10"
2014
Black Lab and Moon
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
8" x 10"
2014
Madonna and Child
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
8" x 10"
2014
Say Goodbye to the Pain of the Past
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
8" x 10"
2014
Zelda and the Birds
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
10" x 8"
2014
Freya's Pack
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
10" x 8"
2014
Dealing With Loss
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
40" x 28"
2013
Waiting
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
34" x 16"
2013
Waiting (Detail)
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
34" x 16"
2013
Jazz Dog
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Panel
16" x 16"
2013
Red Girl
Watercolor, Pencil and Colored Pencil on Vellum
14" x 11"
2013
Simplicity
Watercolor, Pencil and Colored Pencil on Vellum
14" x 11"
2013
Essence of Youth I
Watercolor, Pencil and Colored Pencil on Vellum
14" x 11"
2013
A Face of God
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
55" x 50"
2013
A Face of God (Detail)
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
2013
The Young Soul
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
40" x 30"
2013
The Spiritual Dog
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
45" x 40"
2013
The Spiritual Dog (Detail)
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
2013
I Have Something to Tell You
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
45" x 35"
2013
How I See You
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
40" x 30"
2012
Shannon
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
2012
Wait for Me Here
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
65" x 39"
2012
I'm Looking Out for Us
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Paper
65" x 30"
2012
Starry eyed
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Panel
12" x 9"
2013
Jazz
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Panel
2013
The Lion Dog
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Panel
14" x 11"
2013
Home Again
Watercolor, Colored Pencils and Ink on Panel
14" x 11"
2013
My Father's Healer
Watercolor, Colored Pencils, Ink and Gold Leaf on Paper
40" x 30"
2012
Resolution I
Watercolor and Colored Pencils on Paper
55" x 36"
2012
Hannah and Sadie
Watercolor on Paper
60" x 45"
2012
Shannon
Laser Print on Baltic Birch
2012
I Have Something to Tell You
Laser Print on Baltic Birch
2012
Freya
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
16" x 12"
2012
Speak
Watercolor, Colored Penils and Ink on Paper
16" x 12"
2012
Shannon and I
Watercolor on Paper
18" x 13"
2012
Shannon and I II
Watercolor on Paper
19" x 15"
2012
Shannon and I III
Watercolor on Paper
17.75" x 13.75"
2012
Shannon
Watercolor on Paper
9" x 11.5"
2012
Shannon II
Watercolor on Paper
11" x 9.75"
2012
The Dance
Watercolor on Paper
18.5" x 29.25"
2012
Shannon's Stories
Watercolor on Paper
19" x 21"
2012

“The animal looks at us and we are naked before it. Thinking perhaps starts here.”

-Jacques Derrida

Is there a point where animal ends and human begins? Western philosophy suggests that the being known as “Animal” is forever positioned on the complete opposite side of the divide; a divide that reassures “Man” as superior. But, is that divide permeable? I would say yes. Nonhuman animals, especially those species that interact with us, such as domesticated dogs, transcend that divide on a daily basis. Not human yet not animal, these species occupy a new type of existence. They are instead referred to as “Other”.

I have always found the human, nonhuman animal relationship to be a fascinating concept. For as long as I can remember I have been attuned to both the domesticated and the wild animals around me. I have always been drawn to animal literature and cultural lore about animals and their place in human society. I am intrigued with our co-history, and I value the animal as an individual.

In my art, I endeavor to explore the identity of the “Other” as well as my relationship with them. Animals are not just beings of beauty and awe, but rather rich, complex, knowing individuals. As an artist, I feel compelled to reconstruct the human, nonhuman animal relationship as well explore our experiences with those of other species in order to examine the deep symbiotic relationship between all living creatures.