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When I began painting this series of paintings in 2013 I had no idea they would be the thing that would get me through one of the most difficult times of my life. In 2016-17 my father went through hospice and working on these paintings was something we did together. He loved thinking up these funny animal paintings with me. He insisted it had to be a squirrel with a pearl earring because squirrel rhymes with girl. I wanted a cat, because well, cats. He won, my argument was weak. Now I love the squirrel and think of him every time I look at her.

Dad wrote for The Jackie Gleason Show in the 50s and then later for shows like All in the Family, Sanford & Son, and Chico and the Man. He was nominated for an Academy Award for a comedy short starring Michael Keaton, Betty White, and Martin Mull in the 70s. 

This series is very dear to me. I've been supporting myself full-time with my art for nearly 25 years. Since I first posted this series ten years ago their popularity has steadily risen. I am very thankful for the loyal fans of these animals. I feel like they're supporters of my dad, too.

These 1.5" deep profile, gallery wrap framed prints have been made on finely textured artist-grade canvas. Consistently reproducing image details with outstanding clarity and detail so you'll see all of the rich color and textural elements of my original painting every time. The prints are then set into a 100% recycled solid plastic frame.


.: Premium 100% cotton canvas fabric

.: Wooden stretcher frame

.:100%Recycled solid plastic frame

.: Solid backing to keep it dust free

.: High image quality and detail

.: For indoor use only

.: UV-safe protective satin finish

.: Hanging brackets attached and ready to hang

.: Made in the US


"Born on the Forth of July" Framed Prints