Hi everyone. This is one of many pet portrait commissions I’ve gratefully had this holiday season. My client hired me to do this portrait of his family’s beloved dog, Bandit. Bandit is a 16 x 16 inch oil painting and done on wood panel. I prefer wood panel over canvas because it allows me to achieve the detail I’m striving for. The 10% donation for Bandit’s commission was sent to Rutherford County Humane Society of North Carolina; a wonderful organization!
I’m booked up for the rest of the holidays. However, if you know of a loved one that might like a portrait of their four-legged friend, I have gift certificates available. Thank you!
Meet Odyssey. I enjoyed working with his person so much! She sent me multiple photos of Odyssey along with wonderful stories and laughs. He is very spoiled and loved! This cat doesn’t need 9 lives, as the one he has is every cat’s dream!
The donation for Odyssey went to the wonderful organization, Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue in Blountville TN. Please visit my links page to learn more about Bridge Home. I would also like to urge you to visit my Etsy webpage at this link , and my Facebook page at this link. There, you’ll find Odyssey, and many other lovely four-leggeds 🙂 Thanks for visiting!
Odyssey’s mom sent me this photo of him posing with his newly framed portrait. He’s a little ham 🙂
Ozzie was commissioned as a gift. Ozzie’s people are big supporters of animal welfare and volunteer much of their time to helping animals. They have several dogs and cats, all of whom live the good life. This is probably one of my favorite portraits so far. It is done in pencil on Yupo which is a very smooth synthetic paper designed for watercolor. I find it works especially well with pencil because it allows me to get the details in the fur. It is quite unforgiving though, so I have to work with great caution!
This is Boo. About 13 years ago, I was working at a Barnes and Noble bookstore, and a stray kitty was living in the parking lot. I adopted her and found out she was pregnant! Sugar Momma had 6 kittens and Boo was one of them. Boo and his brother Otis went to live with my friend Kirsten where they have lived long and happy lives. Boo is black but when he basks in the sun, one can see rich brown hues throughout his fur.
Kirsten is a horse lover and asked that her donation go to Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center. This fabulous organization located in Lexington, Kentucky is dedicated to reschooling and matching former racehorses to new homes in suitable second careers.A quote on their website states, ” Our program aspires to echo the dignity and integrity of the American Thoroughbred.” As a horse lover myself, I am thrilled to know this organization exists to give these amazing creatures a second chance at life and love.
Drawing Samson and Hercules was such a wonderful experience for me. Their person, Jannes is one of the kindest people I have ever met and is a true animal lover. She commissioned this portrait for her husband’s Father’s Day gift. It brought tears to everyone’s eyes (including mine,) as both pups have passed on but they were loved dearly.
I donate 10% of all commissions to animal welfare and Jannes chose Blind Cat Rescue in St.Pauls, NC. Jannes had her own blind and deaf kitty named Bella. She’s devoted an entire Facebook page to her story. It will give you chills, the love is so apparent. Here’s her story and her Facebook page. Get ready to shed some tears of joy!
Here’s a great photo of Jannes’ husband, Ricky, with his gift.