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I love animals and find their range of expressions, fur textures and colors fascinating

How many years have you been pursuing art? Since childhood. I began accepting commissions at 16 and largely funded my move to the US with illustrations for a book on insects and an oil painting of a dog owned by a German baroness

How old are you? "Over 30"

Has anyone been a particular inspiration to you in pursuing art? My father. He loved to paint, mostly landscapes and copies of the "masters" -- our apartment was full of them.

Do you do this full time, and if not, what else do you do? Part time; I'm a librarian, also part time, as well as a web designer. I still raise goats, too.

What are your goals for your artwork (make money, be famous, have fun, change the world, etc..)? The art I produce "for myself" tends to be more elaborate and expresses subjects and themes important to me. I am currently working on a children's picture book about a livestock guardian dog's encounter with a wolf. The animal portraits are often influenced by the client's preferences, which is not to say that less time and effort goes into them. Colored Pencil work with the detail I try to accomplish is slow work. Money is always nice, but I took a long break from painting a few years ago, because the money had become the prime motivator and I no longer enjoyed my work.

Did you ever have any formal training in art? No.

What are the two most compelling reasons someone would want to visit your website? To see examples of my work; to commission animal portraits and/or purchase notecards and t-shirt transfers of some of my images.

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