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July 27, 2018

I have often been asked how I paint my pet portraits.  I always paint in oils, my personal preferred medium, and insist on using a very clear photograph.  Lighting is important, but what is most necessary is a strong image of your pet's eyes.  We view their souls throu...

October 10, 2017

I find that, as an artist, it is often difficult to promote change to a style that provides comfort.  For the past several years, I have promoted pet portraits;  pets being dogs mostly.  I learned their character, their anatomy, and I have been successful capturing the...

August 23, 2017

As most of you know, I have concentrated my artistic talents on pets of the 4 legged type, being mostly dogs and cats.  Today, I attempt to enter the equestrian arena 

This is the the beginning of SPARTAN.  After a careful colored pencil study, I am blending a barn...

August 17, 2017

Rocco is finished.  She is a Belgium Shepherd that recently passed away.  Losing your pet is often harder than losing an actual family member.  To many of us , our 4 legged companions are with us many more minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, than any human comp...

August 16, 2017

I am still working on this portrait.  I find it necessary to NOT look at a painting for a day or two once I think it is complete.  In doing this, I can more easily see and correct any mistakes that I have made.  This is an oil on canvas, 11x14.  Almost ready to go home...

August 16, 2017

Once I paint the background, I bond with the animal by painting the eyes and surrounding features.  To me, this is the most important part of the painting.  If I can connect with the soul of the dog, and the eyes ARE the windows to our souls, then I can complete the pa...

August 15, 2017

I always try to paint the background of my portraits prior to jumping into the actual animal.  I find this important because we want the background to be just what it is, the grounding for the back of the painting.  If you attempt to add the background as a later thoug...

July 14, 2017

Our 4 legged family members , unfortunately, don't live as long as we would prefer.  It is said that they don't live so long is because they are born loving unconditionally, and owners, sadly, take decades to learn this.  What a blessing they own.  What a blessing WE o...

June 17, 2017

Started sketching Dixie and Luna - will begin to apply paint soon!

f you have a dog who has made you laugh, 

brightened your life, 

silently accepted your tears without judgement, 

snuggled with you, 

forgiven your faults and loved you anyway, 

you are one of the lucky ones!...

June 13, 2017

So here you have it.  Finishing touches (a feather brush - a GOOD feathering brush) makes all the difference.  Quote from the owners: That's our Gretal. Perfect! Her eyes make her come alive. Joy and I both cried. You are wonderfully talented.

I am blessed and plea...

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