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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 12, 2017

Once I begin my painting, I always begin with your pet's eyes.  It's where we all connect.  When painting the eyes, first examine the colors, highlights, shadows.  The darkest part of the eye will be the pupil and the out rim of the iris.  This is true on both dogs and...

June 10, 2017

I have been a pet portrait artist for years, I love it and will paint until I can no longer hold the brush.  I've been an art teacher for years as well, and in that profession am blessed to help all ages learn that there is an artist in each of us.  A few weeks ago, af...

June 2, 2017

I am an artist.  I am a teacher.  In the years that I have taught, I have learned that,  most importantly, I am the student.  As an art coach and mentor at Raleigh Art Studios, I am known as the "teacher".  What I know, is that I am just as much the student as my  stud...

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