What could be better than drinking wine and being around lots of beautiful canines! September 9th was a very special event in which I partnered with Bergin University of Canine Studies at a wine happy hour or “Yappy hour” to share my art and announce that for the months of December 2016 – June 2017 I will be focusing my efforts to raise funds to help the Bergin University. Mutt Lynch and Deux Amis Winery was hosting the event at their beautiful winery in down town Windsor.
I was lucky that AKC was actually featuring Golden Retrievers for this edition. As it turned out, that is the portrait I happened submit. This portrait of the golden retriever I did is one of my all time favorites. I so glad it was featured in Family Dog Magazine.
A clip of my submission of the golden retriever
Cover of 2016 AKC Family Dog Magazine
9×12″ Pastel Painting
Even though my site is all about the dogs, I want to share this cat pastel painting I recently did. Yes, cats! Over the years, I have had quite a few people request art commissions of their beautiful cats. This particular 9×12″ pastel painting I did just because I thought the reference photo would make an excellent painting. This amazing creature is known as a Main Coon. His name is Bodhi.
Oil Painting for Lily’s Legacy – Missy
This will be the second time that I have done a donation for Lily’s Legacy. This is an rescue organization that rehomes older, large breed dogs. This donation came with a specific request. They asked 11 artist to paint one of the dogs in their care. They provided the photos and we did the rest. I chose “Missy”. They will photograph all of the paintings and then the photographs will be put into a 2017 calendar to sell at a fundraiser for the dogs. I hope this helps Missy to find a new home.
This pastel piece was commissioned to me to be done for Mother’s day. 5 year old Gracie lives with her owner in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a much loved dog and has a special place in her owner’s heart. The reference photo I was working from had two things that stuck out to me. The first was the very tender, sweet look on Gracie’s face. I knew I had to accurately portray this in my rendition. The second thing was Gracie sitting on floral throw rugs. I liked the pattern on the rugs so much that I decided to do an entire background with the floral pattern. This piece measures 12″x9″.
I have had several friends and coworkers go online to look at your postings and website. They are complete amazed at your work. I am so glad I found you online and you were able to complete such a great piece of artwork. Everyone has been so kind in their comments. You truly have been blessed with a wonderful, talented gift and I am thankful to have such a great portion of it to share with everyone.