Paw Print Studio combines two passions in my life: Animals and Art. I assist animals throughout the world by communicating their needs to their person. I create smiles and mindfulness through my art. Here is how it all began‑‑
Suddenly you get a dog and life changes.
As a child I loved drawing cartoons and being around animals. Drawing made me giggle! Animals made me feel safe and loved. Reflecting on that leads me to ask myself, how did I end up graduating from college with a degree in Business Administration?!! Probably because I was always told I could not earn a living as an artist. Yet I knew I this was not the right path. I didn’t want to spend my days with numbers and policies. I wanted to spend my days drawing cartoons and being around animals.
So I sent myself back to art school, graduating this time with a degree in Graphic Arts. Ahhh…much better. Since then, I created my own company and have worked in the Publishing industry producing textbooks. I work with teams of writers, editors, and designers to create pages used by students and teachers in classrooms across the country. I also work one-on-one with individuals to create brochures, posters, presentations, business cards, or anything printed.
A recent move toward globalization in the publishing industry changed how business is done in that world, and it helped me realize I was again out of balance. I wanted to come back toward art and animals. I needed to make some changes of my own.
One day over lunch at Big Bowl restaurant in Chicago, my husband and I decided we should adopt a dog. We always had cats. Lots of cats! But now we wanted a dog!
After much research we found our girl, Murphy…and my life changed permanently. She was the best! She and I went on so many adventures together. (You’ll have to ask me about the stories of rescuing Murphy after she fell into the water. Lake Michigan was the scariest one!)
Opening our hearts to Murphy made us want more dogs. Eventually we adopted Ashley. She loved to run with a ball in her mouth. She didn’t want you to throw it. She just wanted to carry it! We have the best pictures of her smiling—she was the happiest dog.
Sadly Ashley developed a cancerous tumor on her tongue only a few years after we adopted her—but from this adversity came the opportunity to learn about holistic veterinary care and animal communication.
When I asked our holistic vet how would I know it would be time to release Ashley from her body, he asked if I had heard of animal communication. I tilted my head to the side (as most dogs do) because I had not. He gave me a list of three communicators. I chose Rebecca Moravec. She was well-known for her work as an animal communicator for over 20 years.
The messages she conveyed from Ashley all made sense. I was intrigued. I started taking classes to learn animal communication. I learned to meditate and to learn telepathic language. Now communicating with animals comes naturally! Since we live with 13 animals, there is a lot to talk about around here!
Now I am back to a life where animals and art weave together!
In addition to graphics work and daily animal communication sessions with clients, I am currently in the process of writing and illustrating a series of children’s books. These are step-by-step how-to books that teach kids ages 3-7 how to communicate with animals. Click here for a sneak preview!
I’ve learned that as long as I let my passion for animals and art lead the way through life, the unknown possibilities are exciting and endless. I’m so glad we got a dog!
A special thank you to Rebecca Moravec.
She was my teacher, mentor, and became my friend.
She gave me so many gifts. And continues to send support and guidance every day.
A special thank you to Murphy and Ashley.
If it wasn’t for Murphy being such a cool dog, we never would have adopted Ashley.
If it wasn’t for Ashley’s tongue tumor, I would have never found Rebecca.
A special thank you to Aunt Deb.
She bought me my first macintosh computer way back in 1991.
I used that computer to launch myself into a graphic arts career.
She also taught me how to draw a bunny!