Susan: My first success was a solo show fresh out of school (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) that lead to a collector that bought out the whole show and then further sponsored an edition of a hand-pulled silkscreen print of one of my works. I went from painting to printmaking which cemented my creative partnership with the dogs of Artie Art.
Artie Art then blossomed into a line of greeting cards, embroidered ribbons, T-shirts, coasters, an occasional puppet and a lot of animated features on my social media and more.
DROOL: What about dogs attracts you to them as subjects for your artwork?
Susan: The constant companionship of the dogs exposes me to their lively personalities and lots of encounters that influence my art. It was a trail to take leading to good stories. DROOL: What do you find most inspirational about dogs?
Susan: I have seen first hand the positive joy the dogs bring to people’s hearts. For example in an art program, I volunteered and directed at a local nursing home I would take my dogs and the residents would get a chance to spend time with them and I have to say I have never seen anything brighten up their day like that and what else can be as wonderful, loving and rewarding. My Artie and gang were great dogs who through the experience of volunteering Inspired so much humor and affection. The tales of Artie were abundant and a natural subject for my narration. Artie became my muse for the characters that Inhabit Artie Art.
DROOL: Did dogs help you discover your voice in art? If so, how?
Susan: My graphic interest took a serious turn when I employed my dog friends as subjects – their expressive qualities and dog sense inspired the stories and greetings to become subjects with passion and purpose.
It is the primary reason I developed my custom card line featuring amusing/uplifting messages for all occasions from the dog’s point of view . Again it brings so much joy to see someone open up a birthday card or get well or just thinking of you card that brings a smile to their face and heart. Which we all could use during these crazy times especially.
"The constant companionship of dogs has exposed me to their lively personalities, and my art took a serious turn when I employed my dog friends as subjects; their expressive qualities inspired the stories to become subjects with passion and purpose."
Susan: I like dogs and people. They go together so well. It’s hard to separate the two.
DROOL: If you had to choose one dog breed to characterize who you are, what breed would it be and why?
Susan: A rat terrier because they were always the low dog on the totem pole.
Sorry, but after Artie, it’s always been about Rat Terriers.
DROOL: Anything else you want to share with the dog-loving humans of Earth?
Susan: Well speaking of sharing…
Since you can share relevant information today on social media.
How easy it is for people to really help the dogs just by sharing for them.
Sharing is caring!