‘Senator’ was the first commission that I ever did. It was an interesting outcome to posting some really quick sketches on my Facebook page. A colleague of mine saw the quick sketches and asked if I’d be willing to draw his late golden retriever, Senator.
“No way,” I said. “I’m just a beginner, and I don’t think I’ll be able to do a very good job of it.”
With some encouragement, I finally agreed to give it a go. The worst that could happen was that the portrait didn’t turn out, and I’d have to admit defeat (except that really, the worst that could happen was that I totally messed up the drawing and insulted the memory of someone’s beloved pet and that person would never talk to me again because I was such a failure). As usual, my worst enemy was my own fear of failure, but with some encouragement from my husband, I got started. It only took about 50 tries before I reached the final product, and you know, it wasn’t half bad!