I'm Moira McLaughlin (MORE-a Mc-LOCK-lin). I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, got a degree in history and film from Boston College, and lived "La Dolce Vita" in Florence, Italy. Then, I moved to Los Angeles, worked for Kevin Costner, and became a screenwriter.
I founded Dog Art Today in 2007 when I started making my own dog art and noticed that many of my favorite contemporary artists work with dogs. Many greats in art history did too.
Dog Art Today celebrates dog art as fine art. Critics sometimes use the word "sentimental" to disparage work they don't like. Dog art can get lumped into this category and dismissed. But what I see, and try to show here, is that dogs appear 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.
Dog Art Today is a place where artists, dog lovers, and dog art lovers connect, promote work, and find inspiration. Sometimes I write about my life in Nevada County, California and my own projects like my Longhaired Dachshund Calendar, a tribute to my first muse, Darby, who died at age seventeen in December 2011. In March of 2012, I adopted a terrier named Tyler Foote. Read the story of his rescue here (warning: not for the squeamish).
If you would like to submit your art please email me.
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P.S. Read more about me and my passion for dog art at Andrew Pinkham's blog.
2007 TarFest, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Just Dogs, La Motta Fine Art, Hartford, CT
2012 Strathmore: Unleashed!, Bethesda, MD (also served as consultant)
2014 Beast of Burden, Unbound Visual Arts, Allston, MA
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