"I wanted to show that rescue dogs are smart," Grunhovd told local news outlet WDAZ. "I just wanted him to be an ambassador for that."
An experienced pet parent, Grunhovd knew that she had to build up Newman's talent slowly and with lots of positive reinforcement. With the help of a bag of treats, she gradually taught Newman, only 18 months old, how to hold a brush in his mouth, then to touch it to the canvas, and finally to do it all with paint.
She started in January, and now Newman is churning out beautiful abstract pieces with titles like "I love da grass" and "Peanut butter cookies."