For the first eighteen years of my life, I lived in a unique setting: the Canal Zone, Isthmus of Panama with my American parents and two older brothers. As a young child, I loved to draw on half used paper which my father supplied from his office. During my teen years, I worked on my art technique and typed several short stories for my amusement on my electric typewriter. I dreamt of illustrating my own books. I attended American schools there until 1968 when we moved to Springdale, Arkansas. I enrolled at the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, majoring in Commercial Art for four years.
After I graduated in 1972, I continued my art education with a correspondence course from Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, y life, IPennsylvania.
During the years to follow, I worked as a draftsman with several Civil Engineering firms. I married Bill, my husband in 1983. With his encouragement, I established my pet portrait business, working on portraits for local clients and others around the country. Some special projects consisted of art work for musicians, aircraft operators, musicians, clubs, churches, landscaping and engineering firms. After a move to Georgia, I embraced many clients and groups who owned greyhounds and other dogs across the country after setting up my own website in 2002 The money, from greyhound group annual auctions, helped volunteers care for these hounds and other animals. We moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 2007 where I continued my portraits with other animals. Along with my art, my desire to write about these sensitive, devoted greyhounds enabled me to explore another realm of creativity! Bill and I share our lives with one greyhound, an occasional foster and four aquariums of tropical freshwater fish. -Esther Clair