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ARTISTíS STATEMENT

In December 1999 the romance of friends involved discussions of King Arthur and his knights. The ongoing discussion of Arthurian legends led me to a King Arthur volume, and so the seed was planted. I was working on THE AFTERMATH, written by William Austin and edited by Sherry Rind during January, February, and March; so, I was not able to nurture that seed until April. And so it was that Terrilot was conceived and from that seed it grew. In May I started the drawings of the 12 terriers. Throughout that process my dear friends, Jean Maple of England, Debbie Carley of Boston, and Sherry Rind of Seattle became the source of information and critiques. Terrilot is so different stylistically for me but with a purpose. I wanted a style to not only rely on realism, but also to be illustrative or storytelling. The research for this work was quite involved and I would like to especially thank Jean Maple for her English input. Debbie Carley and Sherry Rind assisted with Terriers, and Debbie once again became my visual inspiration. Thanks also to Terry Brunnerís expertise as web designer.

I have dedicated this work to my mother, her sister, and their parents. My English heritage played a very important role in the conceptualization of Terrilot. At times I could feel the English countryside in the air.

Six months of work and 16 total paintings makes up the Terrilot series. The symbols seen on the shields are relative to the terrier that it is illustrating. The flags in some cases are specific to that terrier. The animals represent the terrier's prey.

I have donated several All Terrier Prints to various Airedale Rescue Associations for fundraising auctions. One of the first prints was donated to English Airedale Rescue. Hopefully these auctions will be able to raise enough to rescue and place several Airedales.

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