Among the 31 jobs Xan has held in her life, she's been an ad agency darling, a magazine editor, the Queen of Marketing for a home theatre design company and served more time in retail establishments than can possibly be healthy. She is a graphic artist, a portrait photographer, a writer and a mommy. Currently, along with the photography and 3D paintings you can see on this site, she is working on some whimsical dog sculptures and a coffee table book. It's a compilation of her favorite dog portraits accompanied by playful little poems about each of the dogs and what might be going on in their heads. ("O Squirreleo, Squirreleo, wherefore art thou, Squirreleo?")
Artistically, her goal is to make people smile. "As a teenager I did the pititful-tortured-artist-expressing-my-suffering-soul thing and I've got to say, it was not all that gratifying," she explains. "So now I try to keep things light. Whether I'm working with clay, paint, fabric, photography or words, I always want the end result to be fun. The dogs seem to sense this and they play right along!"
Xan's dog photos have been recognized by the International Library of Photography and gained national attention from such publications as Animal Wellness Magazine, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and Boulder Homes & Gardens. Her dog portraits have been featured at many local Boulder and Denver shops including Dog City, Paw Prints, Colorado Canines, BoBo's Interior Design, PC's Pantry, Acoustic Visions, the Boulder Humane Society and Pearl Street's prestigious Smith Klein Gallery.