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1996 - Emmitt - 5 weeks old
I am so lucky to able to create and share my art with others everyday as my full time job. I absolutely love what I do and it NEVER feels like work.
I have had other jobs and businesses over the years that eventually did not feel like they were what I was supposed to be doing, but since 1997, Pug Notes was what I did for joy, a hobby in the background.
It all began on a sunny morning on Oct. 8, 1996, when Fred and I were driving home from a little farm in Fort Lupton, CO with a tiny pug puppy that we named Emmitt.
Fred was driving and I was holding Emmitt in my hands. He had that funny bat dog pug expression that happens when their ears are tipped straight up, their eyes are all buggy and happy and they are smiling a wide grin with their pointy puppy teeth sticking out.
Emmitt was my first dog ever, and I was filled with joy, excitement and a bit of nervousness when I said to Fred, "Oh My! Emmitt is snorting! What kind of funny creature did we buy?" My heart just melted and that was it. I was totally in love with Pugs forever. I had no idea how my life would change.
I do not think Fred and I ever laughed so much before Emmitt. It seemed everything he did, even if he was getting into something he shouldn't, made me smile. Fred was definitely the disciplinarian. I just could not get mad at Emmitt to scold him.
Well, right around that time, I started sketching. I don't know why because I never could draw. I always loved making things, but never felt I could draw more than stick figures. Well, after meeting Emmitt and taking so many photos of him, I sat with my #2 pencil, a notebook and a photo every night and sketched a pug.
Here are a couple of my early drawings:
You may see my whole gallery of pug drawings I created over a
two year period before I bought my first tubes of acrylic paints and 6x8
canvas panels. I love these drawings and still offer them as
and address labels.
I call them my pencil pugs and have also
made them into my Holiday Pugs card line.
In 1999, I created my first pug painting. I remember being afraid to add color to my pugs and feeling slightly guilty for spending $ on paints and canvases for myself. I am so glad I pushed through that fear and doubt and just kept painting until I had a breakthrough on my 5th painting, that I named A5.
The pug filling the canvas, capturing the
large eyes and the puggy expressions was my "ah
ha" moment. My style had begun.
Over the past 19 years, I have just kept painting and following my heart, writing books, creating new products and learning HTML to be able to create and manage my websites www.pugnotes.com & www.dogartstudio.com.
I love my job!
Please feel free to
contact me anytime with questions or comments. I would love to
hear from you.
Thank you so much for visiting!