Animals are a significant part of our lives and I believe we should live in harmony with them. Animals enrich our lives in so many ways. A family pet can provide comfort when one needs it, and they even seem to know when that is. The lives of so many of life’s creatures are threatened by mankind, and yet others lives have been enhanced. One of my favorite animal subjects is the dog. When I create a painting or drawing of a dog I often use a series of photographs of that animal. If possible I like to meet the animal as I need to see into the eyes and capture the soul in my painting.