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.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Go, Dog, Go (Jack), A Gratitude Painting

"Go, Dog, Go! (Jack)," 5" x 11", portrait of a doxie with special needs, done in acrylics on a museum quality panel, $299. Proceeds from the sale of "Go, Dog, Go" will benefit the San Francisco SPCA in California, where Jack is an "employee." Inquiries may come to me


A Dog a Day collector, in cahoots with her daughter who's finishing up verterinary school in California, sent me several folders worth of muses. Photographs of clinic dogs and kitties, as well as pictures of friends' pets.

That's how I met Jack.

He came into rescue with a previous back injury that left his hind end paralyzed - his family was undergoing difficulties and could no longer keep him. He went into an emergency foster home, but that home's resident dog had other plans. She bonded with Jack, as did everyone else, and he became a fixture.

Jack leads a very active life, and his wheelchair does not slow him down in the least. His Mom says that he even goes faster than daschundly possible on occasion.

And he always has his tennis ball close at hand.

The best news? that Jack is regaining function in his back legs and sometimes stands up on all fours to eat!

Cheers to all those foster homes that take in special needs animals like Jack!!


PS You can see all the Gratitude Paintings to date here.


Finnigan contemplates various angles in preparation for setting up a dinosaur live drawing session on Monday

Draw a Dinosaur Day!!

You read it right - on Monday, January 30th, it's Draw a Dinosaur Day.

At some point a person decides if they can or cannot draw. Those who think they cannot give it up and rarely attempt to doodle anything but smiley faces and tic-tac-toe boards. For the rest of their lives.

How sad it that?

So on Monday, regardless of whether you think you can or cannot draw, I challenge you to try your hand at a dinosaur. 

And then load it up onto the officialDraw a Dinosaur website.

And then YOU can turn around and challenge your family members, friends, and co-workers to do the same.

Drawing is supposed to be fun, contemplatative and an escape from reality. See if you can't capture a little bit of that on Monday!


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