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, April 11, 2012

A Day in the Life


I could so use a nap right now.

You deserve a pretty picture and I haven't made it to the easel yet today, so here's one of my Painting a Dog a Day favorites - Brie (of Lisa Daria Kennedy Painting a Dayfame) from January of last year. This painting is in a private collection, but I can create something equally spectacular and starring your own pet - email me!



Sometimes my days don't have nearly enough hours. Today was one of them.

Got The Caped Crusader off to school.
Checked email and varnished paintings.
Got The Princess off to school.
Walked the dog.
Emptied cat box, threw in laundry, cleaned kitchen.
Sent The Man Child off to breakfast with a friend.
Wrapped and packaged 5 paintings shipping to NY.
Dropped The Man Child and friend off at school (they had a late start today).
Drove way-the-way across town to get estimate on car repairs.
While waiting for estimate, revamped class materials for multi-day workshop I'm teaching in June. Realized I have a potential book in the making.
Returned home, stopping at post office on the way to mail paintings off.
Checked email, coordinated homebound carpool for The Caped Crusader, made phone calls, started dinner, researched printing options for book possibility, thought about starting taxes.
Grabbed sketchbook and pencil box, prepped on-the-go snack for The Princess and readied for dash to ballet class/aka life drawing with Princess.
Left careful directions on finishing dinner with The Man Child.

I am fantasizing about returning to the studio later tonite with a glass of wine, Bach, and my paintbrushes.

Perhaps I should first fantasize that The Princess gets off the bus in a good mood, My Better Half doesn't work way late, that The Caped Crusader connects with his carpool, and that The Man Child was paying attention to "simmer and stir every 10 mins."

Do you think it'll all happen? Fingers and toes crossed!!

A Call For Muses

In anticipation of participating in a large scale art event, I am creating a fresh body of work. 

Hence my latest request  - bring me new muses!!

The concept is "Cherish." I am looking for images of animals depicting a realm of emotions in the hopes of painting a fraction of the sorts of relationships we share with our companions.

Please note that photos do not have to include people - I'd rather prefer to leave the human form out altogether, as this allows the viewer to bring their own personal interpretations.

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!!

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