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There Is Something You Can Share With A Dog


That Is So Special.


Throughout high school, Hope studied acting, thinking that would become her career. Heading to college, she realized that the odds of having a successful acting career were pretty long. “So I decided to pursue my other two interests of art and writing.” With her degree in Illustration, she planned to make that her career, but soon found herself working in advertising instead. “While I enjoyed considerable success, it required a lot of long hours and was pretty stressful so I didn’t have much energy left for other creative activities. I let my art go for a long time – more than twenty years.”


Hope typically paints her pet portraits in acrylic as the fast drying time allows her to layer the brushstrokes when painting fur. She also works in oils. “I’m planning a personal series of wildlife paintings in oils to see how the different medium affects my style.” She has been drawing from


the time she could first hold a pencil, filling all her school notebooks (and also many of her textbooks) with drawings in the margins of unicorns and fairies. “I was also always fascinated


with illustrations in children’s books. But I wasn’t formally trained until I went to college.” Working with her clients,


Hope finds it incredibly personal and meaningful to be able to capture what makes a dog unique to their human companion. As most dog lovers, she has


experienced the heartache of losing a dog and has a special understanding for those clients who come to her for a memorial portrait of a dog who is gone. “It’s nice to know that one of my paintings can help lessen their grief a little.”


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Hope has always had dogs in her life. “Through most of my childhood, my family had mini Poodles. The one I remember best was Lizzie, who slept on my feet every night and allowed me to dress her in my doll clothes. My first dog as an adult was a red Poodle named Peach. I adored her for 17 years and she taught me just how smart a dog could be. She was followed by Kirby, a sweet and gentle Havanese. There’s something you can share with a dog that is so special; it’s different from human relationships. I’ve been very lucky with my dogs too – all have lived amazingly long lives.”


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