I love dogs, horses, cats and bird portraits because I guess I have just loved animals forever. At one point in my life I had dreams of becoming a veterinarian but then I got the news that more than a dozen years of study were involved with that and my interests shifted. Thank goodness. I would not be having this much fun painting all those critters if I had followed that dream to fruition.
There is no better achievement for me than being able to capture an expression in any portrait. Even simple and quick paintings can capture an emotion.