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.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Cherish, A Request for New Muses

You know that any new series of paintings evolving around the human-animal connection is bound to star my two, Finnigan and Mona Lisa. I've been wanting to paint this image ever since the teeny Mo-Bug joined our family and put Finni on his toes. What a great opportunity to paint them both, maybe even larger than life.

(You can't tell clearly in this photo, but The Bug walks around with her tail in a perfect question mark shape. I might just title this painting "Huh?")

I've been invited to participate in a large scale art event - while the details are still being finalized, my assignment is to create a handful of paintings that represent my concept. I am scrambling about with excitement, designing a fresh approach to hanging the work and incorporating text, planning new marketing materials, and scouring my own references for compositional ideas.

Hence my latest request  - bring me new muses!!

The idea here is "Cherish." I plan to paint the human-animal bond, and through my collection of images illustrate a small fraction of the realm of emotion these companions bring to our lives.

You are invited to submit non-flash photos for consideration:

  • Photos must be taken by the submitter - no exceptions. 
  • Photos should be in focus, and the animal must make up at least 1/4 of the photograph. 
  • Please note that by virtue of submitting photographs, submitters are granting me permission to create original artwork from the materials they submit. 
  • Submitters are not required to make any purchase of artwork or reproductions, but will be offered first rights to anything created.
  • Photos should be sent via email to with the subject line "Cherish"

Photos I plan on painting will be uploaded to the "Cherish" photo album inside the studio's Facebook page. I will also add links to the completed paintings as the series of work progresses.

I am really excited about this opportunity and look forward to sharing the latest leg of the Painting a Dog a Day journey with you!!

Happy trails!

Heading Out

New paintings now available!! Some are headed to galleries, some to exhibitions - inquiries may come to me and I'll gladly point you in the right direction! THANK YOU!!

(Pssst, artwork makes a GREAT Mother's Day gift. If none of these will work, connect with me - we can go through my archives, plan a commissioned portrait, or put together a gift certificate, all starting at $99.)

"Carousel," approximately 5-1/2" x 13", $399. Available.

"From Behind," 36" x 11" (yes, this is a Very Big 'Un!!), $899. SOLD.
"Match," 16" x 20", $679. SOLD.

Detail of "Hotwalkers," 9" x 14", $549.  Available.

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