Big Dogs : Large Stories was born from a tenacious love for my own dog and and recognizing this deep connection in others through the the creation of my “Atypical Pet Portrait” commissions. I found the collaboration between myself, the animals and their humans to be quite profound. I have found when people talk about their dogs, the origin of communication shifts from the head to the heart, which is glorious indeed. The anecdotes , idiosyncrasies, heroism, and heartbreaks shared were vast and varied and informed the portraits from start to finish.

All this outpouring of affection and connectivity gave me the irrepressible urge to collect a selection of dogs’ stories and paint their portraits super sized to represent the deep and thorough love that they elicited in their owners. The owners were asked to put their dog’s story into one page of writing with the understanding that it would be part of a traveling exhibition, making this collection of “Big Dogs : Large Stories” truly a collaboration between dog, human and artist.

Since the collection is ever evolving a blog format seemed to be a perfect vehicle to share these incredible dogs and their humans.


Luca: Rottweiler

              Humans: Brent, Tova, Greyden and Wyle Steinhofer, Decorah, Iowa, U.S.A Luca-D (Love U Clyde, Ady and Deeter) came to our home May 2014. As anyone who has rescued a dog before would tell you, this was when we were rescued. Prior to our getting Luca, Tovah and I …

Mirabelle: Great Pyrenees

  Humans : Trey, Diane and Maia Miller, Plymouth, Minnesota  When our daughter announced that she was going to volunteer at the local Animal Humane Society, my wife and I exchanged a knowing glance and arched eyebrows.  We both recognized immediately that this was code for, “I’m coming home with a dog.” We had lost our beautiful German Shepherd …