This is Domino. Sadly, Domino passed away recently and his mom, Janet, wanted to have a portrait done in his memory. She told me how he was by her side always. He lived a long and happy life with a person that adored him. I wish all dogs were so fortunate.
Janet, left it up to me as to where her 10% donation would go. So I decided to give it to a friend that works through Rutherford County Humane Society. She is a foster mom and works tirelessly to help animals. It’s a full time job and she gives the animals in her care her all.
This colored pencil drawing of Echo was commissioned by my friend Gwen. As a puppy, Echo and his litter mates were dumped from a moving car and Gwen’s son Tyler, rescued him. Echo is truly, Gwen’s baby. The collar was very important to the portrait because Gwen tells me, when she removes it, he gets very agitated and insists on her putting it back!!
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 my brother’s dog, Jackson. I painted him because, well…just look at him! What a face. I must say Jackson is a little wild man but sweet as honey and he is so loved. We had a Boxer named Tuffy, when were growing up and he made such an impact on my brother, that as an adult, he decided to adopt a Boxer of his own. Jackson is the third in a line of sweet, gentle Boxers my brother has brought into his family.
Hi everyone. It has been a while since I’ve posted any new work but with the holidays approaching, I’ve been busy again. Above is a portrait of Maggie. She belongs to my friend, Kristin’s mother. Kristin was my veterinarian when I lived in Tennessee. She and all her techs were a godsend. They helped me and my babies through so many tough times. Kristin, thank you so much for the commission! Pinecrest Veterinary Clinic
Oreo and Molly are English Fox Hounds. Their dad asked them to hop inside this Christmas sled and they willingly did so! This was one of many wonderful stories I was told about Oreo and Molly. They were two individuals with completely different personalities. Oreo was quiet and mellow, while Molly was always into something. They both lived long lives with their family from the time they were little pups into old age. I was commissioned to do a drawing of this great shot and truly enjoyed it.
Brownie is my mischievous little monster and I adore him. He is definitely a mama’s boy!!! I found Brownie when he was a little pup. He was running down a busy Tennessee highway, fast as his little legs could carry him. I pulled my truck over and ran to him. When i bent to pick him up, he cried and cried as if to say how tired he was. Needless to say he won my heart. After searching for a good home for him and finding one, I broke down and told the adopters I could’nt let him go. I have never regretted it for a minute.
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.
You may have seen the earlier posting of Oreo and Molly in the sled. Well, this commission is from the same client. It’s a surprise gift for his wife. This is Molly and Marilyn, the day they adopted her and brought her home. She lived a long happy life and brought them much joy. This gift is in remembrance of Molly. A donation for this portrait was given to the fantastic organization, Rutherford County Humane Society of North Carolina.
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.
This portrait of Maybelle was commissioned by a friend of mine from high school. She gave it to her fiance for Christmas. Unfortunately, I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Miss Maybelle but she is definitely very regal!
This drawing of Wrinkles was a gift for a client’s mother on Mother’s Day.
Rosemary lives with the wonderful Cathy and Tom Allinder. This is their second commission and I can’t thank them enough! Cathy tirelessly volunteers her time with the North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare . She and Tom do so much to help animals and people!! Please click on the image to see the details. Thanks for looking!
This drawing of Bear was a Valentine’s Day gift. Bear is a Labradoodle and clearly a very happy dog!
Vicky and Gordon are King Charles Spaniels. They had a haircut just for their portrait!