Lily – The Labradoodle

This is an example of a painting done from a owner’s own photographs. She took the dog out into her yard and took a dozen or so photos of her sweet pup. I have directions on how to do this under...
Ptarmy • A memorial portrait

Ptarmy • A memorial portrait

This beloved pooch was a treat to paint. Dana is a designer and takes lovely photographs. So, it happened she had terrific pictures of Ptarmigan. Their dog had recently died and she wanted a birthday gift of Ptarmy for her husband. Something happens when the animal is recently passed. There is a little sadness in the eyes. I can’t explain that. I do talk to the paintings as I paint them. I can tell when I’m getting close to finished. ‘That’s a good dog.” Here is one thing I get time and time again from pet owners; that I have captured the personality of their furry friend. This isn’t something I try to do. It just happens, whether I have met the creature or not. When Dana came to my studio to pick up the painting she said, “ I have to leave now, because I’m going to cry.” I get that a lot. It’s part of why I do this thing....
Jugs and Moe: History June 26, 2016

Jugs and Moe: History June 26, 2016

Marriage equality – the law of the land Yorkshire terrier and Puggle. They each brought a dog with them to the relationship. Jenn commissioned me to do a painting of both dogs as a surprise wedding gift for her bride. It was tricky. Jenn had to find a day she could bring the dogs to me when Jaquelene was working. We ended up meeting halfway. Moe and Juggs are hilarious. Juggs especially. I love a dog with an underbite. I don’t always like to put both dogs in a painting together, but in this case it was clearly important. It was a union. As the decision to make marriage equality the law of the land came closer. I had conversations with my young son and his friends. Driving my son to school listening to NPR, there was a story about two women who had been together for 30 years and now were set to marry. Tears. My son was baffled, as are most young people I talk to. Why shouldn’t someone be able to marry whoever they want? What’s the big deal? And that’s a beautiful thing. Why...