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About the Artist

That would be me on the left. 12-9-13 (37)I’ve always been artsy and had my hands in creative writing, sewing, needlework, design, paint and other messy stuff as long as I can remember, including renovations of Victorian-era homes, but that’s a whole other story. For over thirty years, I was actually first and foremost a music director, as expounded upon on my original blog here.

I’m from a (formerly) very rural part of NW NJ where the 1980 census showed that there were more head of cattle than humans in our county while I was in school. A country girl in her element in a pair of jeans, t-shirt and sandals, I wound up here in Florida because I really hate being cold. I had the opportunity to spend the first year here by the Gulf setting up shop and beginning my sculpture projects to combine several loves: animals and working with my hands. In addition to custom work, I taught a sculpture class using recyclable materials at our local senior center. I have also painted storefront windows, helping local businesses in my town to draw in more customers.

I grew up in a multi-generational home where I often heard the adage, “waste not, want not.” Recycling, re-using and re-purposing has been a lifestyle for me my whole life, and I am very happy to be able to create sculptures using cast-off items and turning them into things that make people smile. My life has usually revolved around my pets, and it is only right that I dedicate my days to working in a medium that celebrates both mine and other people’s pets as I create sculpted likenesses of pets past and present. I am one of those who didn’t have children; I had puppies. In fact, a college paper I wrote recently celebrated the parallels in raising children and puppies, which I happily share here with those visiting my site.

If I had to come up with a philosophical statement that describes my world view and who I am in essence, it would be this:

about me

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About the Big Black Dog

But enough about me; you all are here about the Dog. He is the namesake of my art studio in Dunedin, Florida. Eenie Meenie My Nemo, or Nemo for short, is my inspiration for what I do. All of my pets have been rescues that we have adopted, but Nemo is special. Jokingly called The Chosen One, I rescued his mother, a Great Dane mix, whom a neighbor had left tied as a puppy to a tree and couldn’t seem to remember to ever feed and water her. Incensed, I had been making sure she had food and water for over a year when another neighbor’s large pedigreed Yellow Lab was out wandering and got “Daisy” pregnant. I promptly untied her from the tree and confiscated the dog. To my shock, the young man who owned Daisy would still wave at me and once in awhile ask how she was doing – – – apparently with no hard feelings toward me for “stealing” his canine prisoner and remaining generally clueless about responsible pet ownership.

Daisy gave birth to nine puppies on July 5, 2010, and as everyone was weaning, Nemo decided at almost four weeks old that he wanted to be indoors toddling after me or lying on the air vent on the floor and separated himself from his mother and siblings. To say he’s The Chosen One is really backward in that My Nemo actually chose ME – my pick of the litter did the picking!

Unlike all of my other rescued and adopted pets, I have known Nemo since before he was born and he has never known a day of want or neglect in his life. Is he spoiled? Oh, yeah. Am I a pushover for anything he wants? Oh, yeah. Can I imagine my life without him? Heck, no! My shiny black Uber Puppy rules my day. Now that we moved to the West Coast of Florida, my life pretty much revolves around my dog. Thankfully, the ‘Mo takes really long naps in the daytime so I can work on projects in my studio.

Of course, Nemo as a baby was quite artistic himself per this post from my other blog, written tongue in cheek for an art appreciation class!

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Videos of the boys playing together can be found on our YouTube page here.

My old blog’s “Nemo page” is here showing him in his early years: http://caffeinatedmusic.wordpress.com/nemo-page/

And Emmylou Harris loved her Big Black Dog so much, she wrote a song just for her Bella on this clip from the Fox affiliate in Nashville: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2yLY8ASur8

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