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!
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.