Size: 48"W x 48"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2013
Ready to Hang
As a volunteer in local shelters for several years it was impossible to not notice the overwhelming numbers of pit bulls that filled the kennels. The true sadness is that many of these dogs and actually most of them are wonderful dogs that make great family pets.
What once was the closest thing to becoming "America's Dog" is now demonized for being vicious. In the early half of the 20th century, the pit bull was one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. so much so that they became a symbol of American pride featured on World War II posters and cast as the family dog in television and movies. What once was considered America's sweetheart or better yet the "nanny dog" that watched over and played with all the neighborhood kids is now banned in certain places but even worse thrown in a pit to be tortured or killed. Please help educate people and stop this madness.
It was for all these reasons that I had to paint Petey the Pit Bull...
I was born and raised in Ohio where my life mostly consisted of academics and lots of soccer. After graduating with a bachelors in History from Miami University of Ohio, I moved to San Diego where I finally started painting at the age of 32. After living in San Diego for 13 years, I moved to the Tampa Bay area to be closer to my family. I paint as much as I can when I'm not working, volunteering at the animal shelter or spending time with friends and family. I'm a self-taught artist that developed my creativity as a way to escape the "computer world". As a professional web marketer and graphic artist, I often start with my compositions on the computer. My bold and graphic paintings of both homeless animals and beloved pets, especially dogs, expresses her dedication to animal welfare. "Art to me is just an expression, any type of expression."