Painting is my gateway to happiness and freedom of spirit. Art is magical and has the power to transform the human existence. Early childhood admiration for cartoons and whimsical drawings started my love affair with art. I am a native of McAdenville, NC which is better known to locals as "Christmas Town, USA." I worked as a graphic designer at a local newspaper before moving to Asheville, NC in 1997. The vitality of the artistic community in Asheville sparked my desire to pursue a childhood dream of becoming an artist. I began painting in 2004, and my art is now nationally and internationally collected. In 2010 my work was also awarded the prestigious honor of exhibition at the AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, MO. Why paint pets? Because they represent the purest forms of unconditional love. They love irrespective of gender, race or creed. My love for animals stems from the deep connection I have with my own pets. I have one Chihuahua’s, Maya, one Chihuahua/Poodle mix, Frida and a cat, Thomas. These babies have enhanced my life in ways I could never explain. My heart goes out to those animals that do not have permanent homes or loving families. I actively work with local animal rescue groups and donate my art to raise awareness and provide financial support for these wonderful organizations that strive to give all animals a deserving, loving home.