French conqueror Napoleon Bonoparte said “A picture is worth a thousand words,” whereas California canine Napoleon knows a picture is worth a thousand sniffs.
In Napa Valley California, artist Nancy Flores enjoys painting in the company of her 14 year old Papillon named Napoleon. Specializing in oil paintings featuring movement and dance, Napoleon is the only canine subject seen in her artwork. With his large butterfly-like ears Napoleon brings a special sweetness to her passionate and engaging paintings.
Nancy has been a professional painter and dancer her entire life. Having skated with the Ice Follies and competed professionally in International Latin Dance, she has won a U.S. Latin Dance title. Today Nancy still coaches Latin and enjoys quality time with her husband Mark and, of course, Napoleon.
Napoleon loves to be held by Nancy, but when it is time for her to paint he knows his job is not to disturb but to observe. He keeps Nancy focused by staying in the studio while she paints, observing her every movement and relaxing in a pile of her old clothes – his favorite place to keep her scent near while waiting to be back in her arms.