I like to create art of pet portraits and political humor and print them on products. Yes, it’s an odd combination. The goal is to promote joy and sanity through everyday items.
I grew up without an indoor pet. When we moved to Austin, my husband went to Callahan's General Store and bought a bunny he named Glenn (because he did not know she was a girl). After Glenn grew a little older and stopped eating all the iPhone cards in our house, I grew to love her. She is always there when we come home and happy to hop over for a nose rub. Her velvety fur is soft as feathers, and she never has a bad temper and is always a good listener.
Glenn is a vegetarian; she's at the bottom of the food chain. Everything wants to eat a rabbit: hawks, dogs, etc. She has no game, except her ability to outmaneuver her opponent and escape with lightning-quick reflexes. I am still amazed at her ability to jump straight up in the air and spin 180 degrees, rapidly go in reverse, and army crawl under the sofa. She is noiseless, except when tossing her metal food bowl with a flick of her head or performing constructions on cardboard boxes, turning them into mini homes, always with two entry and exit points.
I'm still not quite used to having a bunny in my house. Her presence still feels like a novelty and a privilege. The answer to the old question, “Is that a rabbit over there?” is “yes.”
When I started making art again in 2014, I naturally started drawing Glenn. I carved a linocut block (a giant stamp) and began printing her image on fabric and paper. To my surprise, friends also wanted to print T-shirts using the Glenn block. Glenn sort of became my mascot.
I used to be an investigative reporter covering political corruption in state-sponsored economic development projects, which left me jaded and politically agnostic. During the nasty 2016 presidential election, my sister, who is in a relationship with a sweet, codependent dachshund named Bentley, texted me a rant about animals being better than people:
“Animals. Cannot send nude or lewd pics or selfies. They cannot send top secret emails. To anyone. They cannot lie. Repeatedly. They cannot make inappropriate, insensitive, stupid comments. Some species of animals mate for life and are biologically programmed to stay together forever and not cheat.”
I then created Glenn for President cards. It seemed like the right thing to do. My interest in pets and politics was born.
When I’m not making and selling art, I work on a project I co-founded called Influence Texas.