The Six Dog Studio was my original website I developed in 1999. It featured many of my paintings and photos. Since then, I have written a large number of poems about animals, cats, dogs, friends, love, life and nature. So I developed A Poet’s Corner to feature all my work, both past and present. I became an artist when I was fifty years old and painted about 450 paintings. Each painting seemed to be telling me a story, so I started to write poetry about the paintings. I have a large collection of poetry and I hope you enjoy reading my poems.
I started my career as a mechanical engineer, but after 18 years or working I felt the need to become closer to the artistic world. I played music all my life in bands, orchestras and small groups. I loved music, but knew there was more to be discovered. After doing wood turning for about 8 years, I decided to take watercolor lessons. I had a great teacher for two years and learned much. I enjoyed sitting outside and painting, also going to zoos to sketch and paint live animals.
My favorite things to paint are dogs, animals and flowers. I worked with our shelter and dog rescues for awhile. Through that experience I painted a lot of dogs and wrote many poems about shelter dogs and some sad stories. I fostered and adopted many dogs over the years. They have taught me a lot and talked to me a lot. So I had to put all that into words and paintings.
I have had many dogs in my life, from childhood to present. I worked with local shelters helping with rescue work in the early 1980s. The local shelter, at that time was a very high kill shelter. I often brought dogs home to take to rescue and foster. At one point, I had 17! It broke my heart to see such wonderful dogs being put down.
I use to visit the zoos and wildlife centers often. I enjoyed sketching, painting and photographing all the animals. Most of my animal paintings were painted before I started writing poetry. Then I felt they had more to say and started writing poetry to accompany the paintings.