American artist, M. E. Bilisnansky McMorrow, Bart's faithful escort in his journey through Santa Fe is a graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA. Over the years her range of artwork has been vast, and included wearable art, ceramics, stained glass, fabric design, and more recently Russian iconography, jewelry design, web design and oil paintings. For years she painted one-of-a-kind furniture for Mary Donald Floorcloths Inc, a company which supplied countless high end design catalogues with products for the home. Eventually she was represented by Ms. Donald for her own line of hand-painted dog portrait floorcloths.

M. E. Bilisnansky McMorrow began her own company, Ground Dogs in 1989. Her unique dog portrait floorcloths were sold nationally at exclusive gift shops and boutiques, including "Mabel's of Madison Avenue." As their popularity increased, M. E. Bilisnansky McMorrow looked for a means of manufacturing one of the most popular designs, the Golden Retriever onto a rug or doormat. Eventually she connected with Toland Enterprises, Inc.

At that time doormats were just that...doormats. They did not have the decorative qualities of the ones on the market today. Due to the uniqueness of her designs, Ms. Bilisnansky-McMorrow's first mat was an instant success. A licensing contract with Toland ensued, during which time tens of thousands of doormats, pillows, banners, and computer mouse pads were sold not just nationally, but now internationally as well.

M. E. Bilisnansky McMorrow's designs have appeared in countless catalogues and magazines. M. E. Bilisnansky McMorrow appeared on Joan Rivers' "Can We Shop" TV show where she painted Ms. Rivers' beloved Yorkies, Spike and Veronica live during the show. Later they too were reproduced onto doormats.

A lover of nature and animals since birth thanks to the guidance of her dear father, Michael Bilisnansky, M. E. Bilisnansky McMorrow continues to create designs of the animal subjects she loves the most --- cows, horses, and of course dogs! For spiritual satisfaction, she continues her icon writing under the tutelage of Father Richard Cannuli OSA of Villanova University. She taught calligraphy, drawing and painting at the University before moving permanently to Santa Fe.

Ms. Bilisnansky McMorrow's latest project combines her love of animals and her beloved town of Santa Fe, NM. She hopes to create a website for tourists and locals alike to read about the many interesting characters who live in "The City Different." Her journey through Santa Fe exploring its incredible shops and restaurants and events is seen through the eyes of her companion, Bart, a Papillon puppy. Despite her own shyness with meeting new people, Bart has managed to melt the hearts of almost everyone he meets making it easy to interview new guests for the site. The response has been overwhelming! Those of us at "Who's That with Bart" hope visitors will keep checking back to read about new people and places in Santa Fe. We are also hoping everyone will feel free to contact Bart and be interviewed to share their own personal stories and to tell our readers more about their professions and businesses.

See more of M. E. Bilisnansky McMorrow's work on her own website, Ground Dogs by clicking here: grounddogs.com

 

Pictured above: M. E. Bilisnansky McMorrow, Bart and his first guest, artist Franque Zamora