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.
This is Rose. She’s so beautiful and the apple of her daddy’s eye! Her mom commissioned me to surprise her husband with this portrait because the two of them are so close. She was a rescue and never leaves his side. The portrait was done in pastels on toned paper.
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!
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!
Hello again! Just finished my latest commission from a longtime friend. This drawing is of Benji’s beloved Miles, a beautiful Samoyed that was clearly his “forever dog.” Benji wanted his donation to go to Project Halo. They are a no-kill rescue and sanctuary in Charlotte, NC. Thank you, Benji and Miles
Giclee prints of this drawing are now available on Etsy!
I’ve had horses in my life since I was a child and I did this drawing simply because I love horses. The bond and magic I feel when I’m with them is beyond words. My parents graced me with my first horse when I was 12 years old. I named him “Dad’s Promise,” because my dad had promised me a horse. Christmas morning of that year, I woke to unexpectedly find a halter and apple beneath the tree. I was beside myself with excitement. When asked what color he was, my mother told me he was purple! Upon arriving to the stables, I found, not a purple horse, but a white horse with a cream colored mane and socks. He wore a red bow in his forelock. He was a simple old school horse, but I saw him as the answer to a long-held dream. We loved each other with all our hearts and nothing in my life has given me more joy than the bond I shared with Promise.
This is a mixed media piece using instant coffee, pastel and charcoal. It is in memory of Mary, the Erwin, Tennessee Elephant, a very sad story that I won’t go into now. When I graduated with my Master of Fine Arts Degree, I had a thesis exhibition entitled “Symbiosis.” The entire exhibit was about elephants, how they have touched my life and that of others. If you would like to learn more about Mary, here is a link to her story, but be forewarned, it is very sad. That is why I was moved to draw her. I needed to find some way to honor her.
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.
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.