Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

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Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Turtledove and a Blessing

"Turtledove," 8" square, acrylic on panel, depicting the artist's deceased calico, part of the "Happily Ever Afters" exhibition at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, $499 to the first taker. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

They Are With Us Still

In the ways we move forward in our lives and bring our world forward with us,
It is right to remember the names of those who gave us strength.
We share a history with those lives. We belong to the same motion.
They too were strengthened by what had gone before, drawn forward by compassion.
Those who lived with and before us have not melted into the dust and have not disappeared.
They are with us still. The lives they lived hold us steady.
They remind us and call us back to ourselves. Their courage and love strengthen our own will.
We, the living, carry then with us: we are their voices and their hearts.
We take them with us, and with them, choose the deeper path of living.
(written by Kathleen McTigue and shared via Jennifer Johnson of Best Friends
Animal Society)

Jennifer co-hosted the painfully moving Blessing at Angel's Rest last week, a ceremony designed to honor the lives of those sanctuary animals and all the departed who remain close to our hearts. This poem was part of the ceremony, and she kindly shared a copy with me. I suspected that some Dog-a-Day readers might find peace in it.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork and musings with your friends and family.
Kim

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