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.

You may use the links below right to receive my daily paintings via email or to follow my blog with a feed. I post additional info, including in-process jpgs and other related information, on the studio Facebook page as well.

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

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Kepler, A Painted Sketch

"Kepler," nearly 5" x 7" roughly centered on an 8" x 10" paper, commissioned portrait, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may come to me.


Kepler hailed from a shelter, and while it wasn't love at first sight, it was most certainly a connection forged by a love for her ceaseless spirit, ridiculous sense of humor and oodles of charm.

This is her "How good am I?" look, just one of the many tricks she's learned will earn her a cookie and some loving. Of course, she doesn't do it on demand - only when she's jonesing for a cookie.

(In progress shots are on the studio Facebook page.)

I'm excited to actually get to meet Kepler when her parents come to collect her painting - I don't often get to meet my muses.

I should probably go get some more dog biscuits,


One of this years Dog a Day 
Valentine Giveaway entries..... 
how on earth am I going to be 
able to choose a winner?
Be Mine......
The Dog a Day Valentine Giveaway is on!!

Send 2-3 clear, non-flash copyright free photos of your pet to me, using the subject line of "Valentine." Be creative in your photos - I will be looking for artistic merit, not just cuteness!!

JPG files (the photos you submit) should be at least 5" wide on the longest side and at 100dpi.

Entries must be received by midnight EST on Friday, February 10th, 2012.

One entry (2-3 photos of same pet = one entry) per household, please.

I will do my best to acknowledge receipt of all entries - last year there were over 90 pets submitted, so I anticipate a crowd! (View last year's finalists.)

Only photos submitted using the above guidelines will be considered.

On Monday, February 13th, I will share the finalists' photos on the studio Facebook page, and on Tuesday (Valentine's Day) I will reveal this year's Dog a Day Valentine.

The winning image will be chosen exclusively based on design elements apparent/inspired by the photographs. 

The Dog a Day Valentine painting will be sized according to the composition, but at the very smallest will be a 5"x7" museum quality panel - this is a guaranteed prize of at least $289.

Winner will be responsible for shipping costs.

Please also keep in mind that by submitting your photos you are (1) guaranteeing that you own the copyright to the photos in question (meaning you took them yourself) and (2) granting me permission to use your photos/pet's likeness in a future painting. You have no obligation to purchase future paintings your photos or pet inspire, but you will have first right of refusal.

Now go, off with you, and take some amazing photos!!


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