Odyssey, Pastel on Toned Paper, 8×8 inches

pastel cat portrait

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 ūüôā Thanks for visiting!

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Odyssey’s mom sent me this photo of him posing with his newly framed portrait. He’s a little ham ūüôā

Boo, pastel on toned paper, 8×8 inches

pastel pet drawing

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.

Mouse, graphite, 8×8 inches

custom pet Porträt

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!

cat pencil drawing

Just received this photo from Janis. I’m so thrilled to see Mouse framed, and what¬†an elegant choice of frame and mat!

Scrappy, oil on wood panel, 8×10 inches

cat oil portrait
cat oil portrait

Hi friends!¬†Here is my latest commission. This is Scrappy. Suits him, right? He was my friend Amy’s¬†forever kitty. I love the stories she has to tell about him. At bed time, he would sleep with his paw in her hand. He beat up the neighborhood dogs when they dared to venture into his yard. When cats did the same, he would “scream like a girl.” I’m loving this little tough guy!

I donate 10% of all sales to animal welfare and Amy has decided to have her donation go to Best Friends Animal Society, a great organization!

Doodle, pastel on toned paper, 8×8 inches

Pastel pet portraits

This pastel pet portrait is of Doodle, a.k.a. Punk. E. Doodle, Punkie, and Punkin. You know how it goes. You adopt this sweet little baby and as he grows so does his name. It changes and evolves over time and before you know it, he has more names than you can remember!

One of my favorite memories is of how Doodle loved to play hide and seek when I made the bed with fresh linens. He came to live with me after I fostered he and his mother and siblings. Well…you can guess how that turned out! How could I not keep him? His mother was a stray that kept finding her way into an opening in a man’s mobile home. She was, of course, looking for a safe place for her little family. The man called a local feral cat rescue where I volunteered and that’s how they came to live with me. I ultimately adopted both he and his sister, Peaches, and my mom took his brother and mother. They’ve all left us by now but they graced our lives in so many ways. Love you Doodle!

Dingo, oil on canvas, 8″ x 8″

dingo 600 copy

This is Dingo, better known as Dingy-da-Pingy. Dingo came to live with me before he was even born! I found his mama behind the Barnes and Noble bookstore where I worked in Johnson City, Tn. I brought her home clueless to the fact that she was pregnant with 5 babies. (Thank you Kirsten Collins for adopting 2 of them:) Dingo came out yelling and hollerin’ so i decided to name him Domingo after Placido Domingo. Over time Domingo was shortened to Dingo and now he has to live with the most undignified name of Dingy. I have to admit, it fits.