An important aspect of being healthy emotionally and physically is feeling happy.
For me, feeling happy is allowing myself to connect to and appreciate the world around me.
Creating art and sharing it with the world is an immediate way for me to tap into and share the positive energy that is all around us.
I learned this life lesson of what happiness is and how to feel it quickly from a very unlikely source. The wise soul who inspired me to create my art is my Pug, Emmitt.
Looking at the world through Emmitt's eyes has taught me to live in the present moment and to always find something to appreciate in that moment.
The happiness I feel when creating a painting is fully apparent to me when I step back and look at the new face staring back at me. The face always makes me smile, like I am meeting a new friend.
The most rewarding piece of the process is sharing my artwork with other people and making them smile too.
I love it when I receive letters, pictures and stories showing the enthusiasm and well-being the art brings to them and their families.
The lesson I have learned from this wonderful dog is simple yet powerful...
We are all artists. Whether your craft is painting, crocheting, cooking, gardening or parenting, the secret to a happy, healthy life is to connect with what brings you joy and celebrate it.