Animal portraits are done as a method of fundraising. The animal portrait, in particular the dog portrait, has a fairly long history and is not unheard of in contemporary art. Animal imagery evolved parallel to human imagery.
The following pieces were created after Hurricane Maria to raise money for Save a Sato and the Vieques Humane Society. Other fundraisers included an auction to benefit a friend when her husband suddenly passed away and she was left with no life insurance.
I do them because I have a lot of respect for the human animal bond. These are pretty simple pieces in terms of concept and execution but they emerge out of a long history.