As you probably can guess, I’m a little obsessed with dogs. I think you kind of have to be to make a career out of them. While most people ooh and ahh over a new baby, I’m more interested in the four-legged child of the family. I have two dogs of my own, and if it weren’t for limited square footage, I would probably have more.
I started creating these portraits after a birthday gift for my husband turned out to be quite a hit among my friends. It wasn’t long until I started doing portraits of my friends’ pets and then their friends’ pets (and then their friends’ pets...). By being able to combine two things I really love – art and animals – I honestly couldn’t ask for a better way to make a living.
I have a BA in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University (2001) and my background is in advertising. I spent the first seven years of my professional life working as a graphic designer and art director for several advertising agencies on both the East and West coasts. I also currently work as a CrossFit Trainer for the CrossFit Headquarters Seminar Staff.
I am a Virginia Beach local, love dogs (did I say that already?), travel, CrossFit and all things “beach”. I live here with my husband, Shawn, a sweet-natured old lady border collie mix named Sam and an energetic but extremely loveable pit bull Therapy Dog named Lana.