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 05, 2013

Painting a Dog a Day Valentine Giveaway, Day Two


I'm getting some beautiful entries like the one above - thanks so much for sending in your pics!! I am already super excited to pick up my brushes on Valentine's Day!!

Right now I'm working on two top-secret portraits, so thought I would rerun the rules for the painting giveaway, along with some tips.

I receive well over 100 faces every time I do this and I cannot stress enough that I will not consider photos that do not meet my criteria. Not to be petty or mean, but it is a LOT of work to sift through the images, and then discover after the fact that the copyright wasn't the submitter's to grant or that the resolution is too small.

So, if you want me to gift you a painting, please invest a few extra minutes in your entry to read the guidelines and make certain your photos are eligible. 


Send 2-3 clear, non-flash, copyright free photos of your pet to me. (TIP: I see flash bulb or blurry focus or studio-like shots and red flags go up)

Use the subject line of "Valentine." (TIP: My email auto-sorts based on subject line, so having the right one means your email will end up in the right folder.)

JPG files (the photos you submit) should be at least 5" wide on the longest side and at 100dpi. (TIP: Sometimes I crop or manipulate a photo and need this resolution in order to make it work.)

Entries must be received by midnight EST on Sunday, February 10th, 2013.

One entry (2-3 photos of same pet = one entry) per household, please. (TIP: Those who have been following my artwork will know already what sorts of ideas and compositions I am already attracted to.)

Prior Valentine winners are not eligable to participate.

I will acknowledge receipt of all entries - it's taking me a day or two, and I appreciate your patience!!


On Tuesday, February 12th, I will share the finalists' photos on the studio Facebook page, and on Thursday (Valentine's Day) I will reveal this year's Dog a Day Valentine.

The winning image will be chosen based on design elements inspired by the photograph and my own vision of what will make the best Valentines Day painting. 

The painting will be sized according to what best suits the composition, measuring at least 5"x7". You will receive the original, museum quality portrait - this is a guaranteed prize of $289 or more!!

Winner is responsible for shipping costs or applicable taxes.

VERY IMPORTANT: By submitting your photos you are guaranteeing that you personally pressed the shutter button and are granting me copyright permission to create derivative art both as part of this contest and in the future. You have absolutely no obligation to purchase any paintings your photos or pet inspire, but you will have first right of refusal. 

Thanks so much for inspiring new paintings and sharing your pets with me!!


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