3 pieces: 1. 24 x 24 in; 2. 20 x 16 in; 3. 18 x 24 in, oil on birch, 2011

After a spring/summer of creating series of atypically turbulent pieces, I returned to my comfort zone—and got back to painting what makes me feel good. Time spent with doggies, especially in their geriatric years, is precious. They are my strength and inspiration.

1. We, 24 x 24 in, oil on birch

"We" is set on Toronto Island. As many days as possible of summer 2011, we cycled there, doggies in bicycle basket, or running alongside. They were like pups and kept me going, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Just to see them enjoy the moment was uplifting. So much to learn, so little time... Our canine companions know what matters and how to fit it all in.

2. She, 18 x 24 in, oil on birch

She is a typical woman, prone to be a tad moody and emotional, but always has her heart in the right place. A very special alpha dog, she's the leader of our pack, or at least we like to let her think she is. Her name means heart in Hebrew and Lion in Russian and she is both. Lounging in her car seat is one of her favorite places to be. Even when you think she's not paying attention, she's always on guard. That glance from the corner of her eye is one that sticks with those who know and love her. She has your back!

3. He, 20 x 16 in, oil on birch

He is cheeky, always has been, always will be. He's also full of fun and light. A Sage by name and sage by action. This little dog makes friends with everyone and truly loves life. No matter the health issues he has had, he hasn't complained, and bounced back to love and entertain time and again. He's a true inspiration and guiding spirit.