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!
Mouse came to live with Janis when, as a kitten, she was abandoned with her litter mates in a box, in front of Janis’ house. Janis, being the kind person she is, rescued them and brought them back to health. She kept Mouse and named her so, because of her big “mousey” ears! Mouse’s siblings, Becky and Billy, went to live with Janis’ mother.
Mouse was Janis’ forever kitty. One of my favorite things Janis told me was that Mouse would run around the house, as if she were dancing. Janis called Mouse, her “Tiny Dancer.”
Janis requested her 10% donation go to the GoFundMe page, “2016: The Year of Tiger“. This fundraiser is in honor of Tiger, the pet cat that was shot and killed with a bow and arrow by veterinarian, Kristen Lindsey. The funds will cover legal fees to prevent this person from practicing veterinary medicine in the United States. If you would like to donate to this honorable cause, just click the link and you’ll be taken to their page. Thank you!
Just received this photo from Janis. I’m so thrilled to see Mouse framed, and what an elegant choice of frame and mat!
Meet Bruno, my first commission from the girlfriend of one of my favorite students ever! She contacted me to tell me that Bruno had passed and she wanted to give her boyfriend (my former student) a portrait of his buddy. I was thrilled, as I hope I can help in some way to keep Bruno alive in the hearts of these two beautiful people.
This is Rocky. He has a sad story but I hope I’ve helped in some way to make his life better. He and his little buddy, Jake came to live with me when Rocky was 12 years old. His caretaker had passed from cancer and the woman’s husband decided to surrender the dogs to the local shelter. The story broke my heart so of course they came to live with me. Thanks to the wonderful Jenifer Parry Steele of Newport Animal Shelter for making this happen. She does so much to help animals every day. Rocky has blessed my life many times over. He is very protective of me and follows my every footstep. Each morning he comes to me and gives me a big lick across the face as if to say, “Thanks Mom.
This is a traditional pencil drawing done on Yupo, a type of synthetic paper, normally used for watercolor. The eyes are done in watercolor and a bit of colored pencil. This pup’s name is Fergie and yes, her eyes are really that blue! the reason I drew the chain around her neck is because Fergie lives her life chained up, 24/7. She lives in a very poor rural area of West Virginia. A longtime friend of mine, went to this small town with the group, Appalachian Service Project to help people in the area with carpentry repairs and such. That is when he met Fergie and brought back pictures of her. She broke my heart.