When my sister was pregnant with her daughter she asked me to make a painting of her dog to hang above her crib to look over her. I made a quick painting of her dog and my two.
As people saw them they began asking for dog paintings of their own. Since I was not a "dog painter" and instead a very serious artist I turned down possible commissions. Finally, I caved and made a few paintings for friends on the condition that they told no one. Eventually, the word got out that I am a dog painter (Fuck it. It's true.) and I've had the most fun making paintings for new and old friends. Here is a small gallery of some of the work I've made: