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, April 10, 2012

What the..... ??, In Process


You saw the reference photo yesterday (and it's included below, too) - here's the underpainting for the first painting in my new series "Cherish."

Working title "What the....?", this is 24" high by 14" wide, and it's in acrylics on a museum quality panel.

I don't anticipate that this one will be for sale, but inquiries may always come to me.


For those new to the blog, this is my cattle dog mix Finnigan, who truly had no idea what the little furball kitten Mona Lisa was doing in his house. She, of course, went about as if she had always owned the place, her tail jauntily crooked above her back, her little bell joyfully announcing every move.

I want this painting to convey Finni's gentle curiousity and Mona's trust. It needs to feel warm and cozy, alluded to by the yellow undertones of the floor and rug. And once I get the shadows working properly, the composition will carry a circular motif reminescent of a hug.

Meanwhile, you can see the stages the background went through today by viewing the images I uploaded onto the studio's Facebook page.

And tomorrow it will be back to the paint. After I get an estimate done on repairing my van - someone did a number on it this last weekend, and it wasn't the Easter Bunny.

Oh, and it's Wednesday, too, which means life drawing in ballet class later in the afternoon.

Good thing life gives us far more moments like those I paint and sketch, and far fewer bits like silly fools running into large, legally parked vehicles. 



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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