1. How did you get started as a dog artist?
That dog who was the subject of my first painting died suddenly a couple weeks later, ironically while my piece was hanging in my first art show. I was really grateful to have done some paintings of him. As traumatic a loss as that was, it allowed Borias to come into my life. And what an incredible gift he is. I don't believe in coincidences. He was most certainly meant to share life with me. I learn so much from him. The universe gave me exactly what I needed, a soul mate. He's the reason I started my business, Heart Dog Studios, named after my heart dog.
2. What is your favorite medium and why?
3. How would you describe your art?
4. What are your 3 your favorite pieces?
Then, I would say I love this image of Borias that I caught when I happened to have my camera on my bed with me. He was lying down, with his head on a large sheepskin ball -- his favorite toy -- with such a look of adoration and contentment. It's an image that I'm going to commission my best friend, a figurative oil painter, to do for me.
Then, there's an image I took of a young guy with a surfboard at dog beach. He and his Mastiff mix are gazing at each other. That one makes me reflect on what it's all about. Sharing our lives and our journey together. Two completely different species, yet in complete understanding and communion.
5. Tell me about your studio; is it how you want it to be? Plans for reorganizing? Wish list?
With the much appreciated help from my friends, we're making a place for all my books and magazines, and an efficient work area, a place to do business, and be organized. Ever the challenge for me. And I love that I can just go outside my door, explore this great neighborhood with Borias, and find inspiration all around me. We've spent a lot of time here already, hanging out in Balboa Park, at the zoo, exploring downtown, and just roving these amazing older neighborhoods, connecting with others out walking their dogs. Seems everyone walks their dogs here. Now it's in our own back yard. It's 'our' neighborhood.
6. Upcoming projects or goals for the future?
MM: Thank you, Tamandra, for sharing your beautifully heartfelt work with us and showing us your studio.
If you are an artist who would like to be featured in the next Studio Spotlight email me with a link to your website, a description of your studio, and plans for the future. As artists, I know we are all works in progress.
Happy Valentine's Day!
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