I'm Moira McLaughlin (MORE-a Mc-LOCK-lin). I founded Dog Art Today in 2007 when I started making my own dog art and noticed that many of the greats in art history chose dogs as their subjects. Some of my favorite contemporary artists do too. Dog Art Today celebrates dog art as fine art. Critics sometimes use the word "sentimental" to disparage work they don't like, and often dog art gets lumped into that category and dismissed. But what I see, and try to show here, is that dogs show up in work that is primal, conceptual, and evocative of the big questions that inspire: questions about love, life, joy, pain, violence, power, and death. Dogs are irresistible as subjects to people who are sensitive and who, by the nature of what they do spend a great deal of time alone, a.k.a. artists.
My vision for Dog Art Today to be a place where artists, dog lovers, and dog-art lovers can connect with each other, promote their work, and find inspiration. I also sometimes post about my life in Nevada County, California and my own projects like my Longhaired Dachshund Calendar, a tribute to my first muse, Darby, who passed away at the age of seventeen in December 2011.
Before I became a dog artist and critic, I lived in Hollywood where I worked for Kevin Costner and wrote screenplays. Before that, I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, got a degree in history and film from Boston College, and lived La Dolce Vita in Florence, Italy.
View my work.
2007 TarFest, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Just Dogs, La Motta Fine Art, Hartford, CT
2012 Strathmore: Unleashed!, Bethesda, MD (also served as consultant)
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P.S. Read more about me and my passion for dog art at Andrew Pinkham's blog.