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.

Friday, March 30, 2012



I proudly give you "Rush," 12" x 16", acrylics on a museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of a wonderfully personable and dearly missed pointer, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries, though, may always come to me- I can do this sort of thing with your dog (or cat or horse or bunny.....). Just imagine.....

In process pics of Rush's portrait are also on the studio Facebook page. Feel free to check in over there and comment on my process or art in general.


THIS is why I love my job. All the other nonsense melts away when I am able to stand at my easel, slip into my zone, and pull do this sort of thing seemingly out of nowhere.

Rush was a shelter dog who arrived with a gunshot wound to his knee and no other information. He ultimately ended up with his forever home, a family that nursed him to health with unconditional love, via a shelter employee who noticed Rush's usual even temperment was changing. He needed out.

The employee brought Rush to his neighbors house and there was a short lived happily ever after. They didn't get much time together - just a couple of years - but it was enough time for Rush to leave behind a legacy of joy, charm and delight in the outdoors.

Rush was the sort of dog who didn't just impress his family. They were once invited to an event and told if the guys at the door didn't know them, to just say they belonged to Rush.

He's running after technicolored tennis balls now - I hear there is no shortage of them across the bridge.

Enjoy your weekend, and do something with all out gusto, in memory of Rush -


My post yesterday  questioning the line between inspiration and imitation struck a chord with many. Thank you for your support and encouragement - it is really appreciated.

Countless individuals have emailed me outlining their own circumstances - whether it be other artists stealing their imagery or questions about safely publishing images to the web. I promise to reply to each as time permits - but remember that I am not an expert on copyright law. 

Truly this conversation should continue in all sorts of places - art guilds, online forums, artists blogs and facebook are just a few locations where youcan start a dialogue on respecting intellectual property. Feel free to link back to yesterday's article.

And thanks for taking the baton and running with it!

Meanwhile, my spring break officially started 90 minutes ago when The Princess got off the bus. We've got a busy week planned that will include museum visits (I'm already salivating over seeing a new to me Dale Chihuly installation - his art is mind bogglingly beautiful), making art together and hanging with friends. If it's not your spring break week, don't worry - you can live vicariously through us - I'll keep you updated!

And who knows - The Princess might even take over the blog for a day!!

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