Art is an outlet for DC Ice because it is the safe place where she can be hurtful and cruel without feeling guilty. Because of this her illustrative characters often carry a malign or slightly dark mood. DC uses soft pastel colors to mask the suspicious character's twisted thoughts. In other paintings, harsh scratchy line quality outlines innocent animal friends. Her art is an ongoing battle between sinister and sweet.
Onlookers will take note of race, age, and sex while viewing paintings of humans. Even how the subject dresses relays their financial status and even more. With animals, all of that disappears. DC likes creating animals with human attributes because she can capture a clearer sense of human emotion without the viewer's vision being clouded with stereotypes or unconscious prejudices.
Evermore, Sinister but Sweet.