I love this series so much. Animals are such an important part of our lives, but I had always resisted painting them. Because I view humankind as by far the more important subject. My doggy, Frida, could care less about art. My solution was to make the animals small within the canvas, and that gave me the right sense of hierarchy. Instead of being bugged by big dog portraits, it felt amazingly free and happy to include animals as a small part of the canvas universe.