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April 06, 2016

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If We Could Be a Little More Dog by Helen Violet

artist Helen Violet o "Who's Your Doggy" custom pet portraits in polymer clay

****To Contact Helen Violet about doing a sculpture please go to her website at https://helenvioletart.com/commissions/****

 

If we could be more dog, the world would be a better place." That's the motto of this week's featured artist Helen Violet. Helen creates ultra realistic mini replicas of fur babbies for pet owners with her brand Who's Your Doggy? Custom Pet Sculptures. Working from photos provided by pet parents, she creates beautiful, richly detailed pieces which capture the personality of each little buddy, making them something the owners will forever cherish. If you are passionate about your fur baby, then you will relate to Helen's views on how our 4-legged friends fill our lives with an abundance of love and joy.

Dog sculpture by Helen Violet

How do animals inspire your artwork?

Since I was young, I have always been fascinated with animals and nature – especially dogs. As children, I believe that we are drawn to animals, not only because they are cute or interesting to interact with, but I believe that as children, we share a natural and special connection with animals that many of us lose as adults.

As a child, I was mesmerized and curious about how animals perceive the world. I was obsessed with dogs, and I wanted to be like one - I still do. As we grow older and our lives become busy, full of responsibilities, as we try to meet our goals and discover ‘who we are,’ we often lose sight of what life is all about. In my opinion, the ultimate goal in life is to be happy, and many of us try to find this in the wrong places. We forget that we already have everything we need to be happy and successful right inside of us. Our closest animal companions help remind us of this every day.

If we could be a little more ‘dog’, we would love more, we would play more, and rather than ‘try’ to be - We would just be.
 
These are ideas I am passionate about, and ideas I always consider and practice while I create my sculptures. They are not just sculptures; they are a reminder of a special being in our lives who change us for the better and help us to remember to live life to the fullest. It is the greatest pleasure to be able to help someone remember not only their pets, but what their pets taught them.

Kitty sculpture by Helen Violet

 

What medium do you work in?

My sculptures are created with professional polymer clay and acrylic paint. I am also passionate about illustration. My favorite material is simple graphite on paper.

Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

My first pet was a fish named Bubbles. Bubbles was a great companion, but I had always wanted a dog. I was obsessed with dogs when I was young! My parents still joke about it to this day – When I was little, I would quite often pretend to be a dog, but I wouldn’t just bark… I would go all out. I’d put a bowl of water for myself under the dinner table, I’d curl up into small, cozy spaces – basically I was super into it.

After asking and asking for years, I got my wish. On my 11th birthday, I had finished opening my presents and was surprised to hear there was one more. I looked to my left, and on the floor was this little black beanie baby, except it moved… “It must be one of those new moving robot dogs,” I thought, but it moved again. I knew it was no robot. I kneeled next to her, picked her up and balled my eyes out. I’ll never forget it.

My girl, Keisha, is turning 14 in July. She’s been with me more than half of my life now. She has made my life better in more ways than I can count. Just looking at her brings joy to my heart. It’s really hard to put into words how I feel about her. She is just everything to me. I’m sure a lot of dog moms and dads can understand the feeling I am talking about. It’s a bond like no other.

She is the reason I continue my love for animals today, and the reason I love what I do and why I understand how much my work will mean to my client. I know how special it is, and I do my absolute best to capture his/her furbaby – not just their look, but their personality and soul.

 Dog sculpture by Helen Violet

How long have you been creating art?


I have been creating art my entire life. I was lucky enough to be born with a strong passion and sense of purpose that I could never get rid of. When asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, I always answered ‘Artist’ – I was never interested in anything else, except perhaps a Veterinarian!

Growing up, I let myself be discouraged about pursuing a career in art. The idea of the ‘starving artist’ was stuck in my mind. Yet, I continued to create, not really having a plan. I spent 4 years in Fine Art exploring all different mediums. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I knew I was doing the right thing, and that’s all that mattered.

Sculpture had always interested me. I love the ability to hold and feel a creation. I connected my passion for creating with my passion for animals, and I took a chance – not knowing whether or not I would succeed. I hope that anyone out there who has a dream, but is letting fear alter that destiny, will allow himself or herself to escape their mind. Listen to your inner being, not your thoughts, fears or doubts. Take a chance. Take small steps. You will see that your dreams will start taking small steps towards you as well.

Dog sculpture by Helen Violet

What are your favorite famous animal characters?

I am a huge Disney fan. I love the characters, the music, the visuals – every movie is a masterpiece in my opinion.

All of my favorite characters are animals, of course.

Lady from Lady & The Tramp
Every character from The Lion King
Pascal from Tangled
Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon
So many more.

Also, I’m not sure if this counts, but Pokemon (who are inspired by animals) was a big thing when I was young. Pokemon, in its own way, helps to express the incredible bond between human and animals, except Pokemon can understand everything we’re saying, which is cool. I’m a bit of a nerd.

Dog sculpture by Helen Violet

What word or words describes your feelings toward animals?

Love.

Thank you to Helen Violet for her interview. This is not her website so you cannot order from this website. In order to contact Helen, please visit her on her website at

Website: https://helenvioletart.com/

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Ellen Anderson
Ellen Anderson

February 25, 2017

I have a Shih Tzu that is a Service Dog for me because I had a brain tumor and stroke in the past. He can tell before I do when I need to lay down and he will not leave my side. His name is Mozart.
Mozart is also a Therapy dog. He works at two hospitals visiting patients. He seems to know who needs more of his time and care at the hospital, too. Some patients he will greet and then move onto the next room. Other patients, he will quietly lay beside them until I tell him we have to move on.
I have so many stories of things he has done for me and others. He is my best friend.

Becky Burton
Becky Burton

February 25, 2017

Where can I find some of the dog statures?

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