Clonet With Her Toy

by Lesley on October 30, 2014

Clonet with her hedgehog

Clonet with her toy hedgehog

This graphite piece of a Pitbull illustrated here with her toy hedgehog is 8 1/2″x 11″ on Strathmore paper.   The commission of this piece is from a client who had two pieces done in the past of her beautiful standard poodle, Coco.   Tina wanted to have a gift for Christmas for her friends, Clonet’s owners.  Tina sent several photos for me to choose.  When I saw this close up of Clonet resting with her toy, I knew this was the one to use.  Originally I was just going to do a piece of the dog alone, but realized it was just so lovely with the toy included.  Graphite was a good choice to illustrate the image and really draw the viewer into a simple and sensitive scene.



Glamorous Sadie – Cocker Spaniel

by Lesley on October 17, 2014

Sadie, with the Long Locks

My most recent pastel is of a family member’s Cocker spaniel, Sadie.  My brother and sister-in-law have several Cocker spaniels and a large mixed breed dog, Murphy.   Not too long ago, Sadie was a “carefree single gal” with this mane of long blond locks that reminded all of us of a film star from the past.  Recently Sadie had a litter of puppies, so the long locks that undoubtedly took hours of care,  had to go!!   I have had many friends that have gone through similar transitions!!  This is a pastel on Art Spectrum paper, 11  1/2″x 8  1/2″.


Murf – Small Mixed Breed in Pastel Painting

by Lesley on September 19, 2014



My latest pastel is of a sweet female mixed breed named Murf.  This pastel portrait is from one generous friend to another.  Murf’s owner has already commissioned two portraits from me to give a gifts to loved ones.  She herself is now going to be given a surprise gift of her beloved Murf who recently passed away at 13 years of natural causes.  A little background on Murf is that she wandered onto the property as a puppy 13 years ago and Tracy, her owner,  kept her ever since. The photo of Murf that I used to reference was taken on Tracy’s wedding day.  I think Murf was in the wedding and couldn’t have looked more pleased about it!  I loved the sparkly eyes and happy expression!  Dana, who commissioned the piece,  allowed me to choose the medium used and I felt that the intense color to represent Murf’s happy face was the way to go.  The size is 8″x10″ with out frame.


Argos – Greyhound

by Lesley on August 8, 2014



My most recent oil painting is of this beautiful, stately Greyhound, Argos.  This guy was rescued by Cesar Millan and brought back to the United States.  I met Argos when I was at Cesar’s Dog Psychology Center several years ago.  Argos was timid, but had a lovely personality.  I was able to take a few photos of him and recently completed this profile portrait. This is a 12″x 9″ oil on a canvas board, and I had some fun with color.   I have another shot of Argo with a happy smile and will be working on that portrait soon.  He is the second greyhound I’ve done.  My first was a white greyhound resting in a sunny spot in his home, titled “Contented Greyhound” shown below.

Contented Greyhound

Contented Greyhound






Lucy and Sophie -Two Boxer Girls

by Lesley on August 3, 2014


Lucy "2005"

Lucy “2005”

Sophie  "2011"

Sophie “2011”









These two beautiful girls were lucky to have wonderful owners who were sure the dogs had lots of love and daily walks.  It was on one of these walks that I met Barbara, their owner.  Several years ago, she first had Lucy.  Lucy was a very sweet boxer with both humans and dogs.  Sadly Lucy passed away at mid age from cancer.  Sophie was her predecessor with the reverse brindle coat.  Another sweetie.  I do believe the owner rubbed off on them with her very personable personality!  Barbara contacted me recently to update me that she recently lost Sophie after a walk in the woods.  It was sudden and unexpected.  I am glad to have known both dogs and had the opportunity to create portraits of both.  She assures me that there will be another boxer in the future .


Helping Dogs with Art – Lily’s Legacy Donations

July 25, 2014

Lily’s Legacy is a non-profit organization that helps senior large breed dogs find loving homes.   I decided to visit them this week and see their organization first hand.   I was greeted by Alice, the founder, and by 6 large and lovely dogs swirling around my legs all interested in greeting the new person.  I loved […]

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Kami and Kimber – Rottweiler Rescues

July 8, 2014

These two lovely girls were originally rescued from two separate locations.  Kami, on left is currently 10 years old.  She was found (age 3 years old) with several other animals in a home in Idaho where the original owner had passed away.   One of the dogs managed to escape the home and a neighbor realized […]

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Bandit and Star – Pomeranian Heros

July 1, 2014

Both Bandit and Star volunteer their “cuteness” to an organization called Paws As Loving Support.   This is an organization where dogs are visiting facilities to help people in a variety  of ways .    Bandit and Star visit  Sonoma County libraries, schools,  senior centers, hospitals and assisted living homes to help brighten the lives of […]

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Coco Chanel – An Elegant Poodle

June 10, 2014

I had the pleasure of creating two portraits of Coco for her owner.  Sometimes it is difficult to make a decision as to which photo to work from to create a portrait.  Coco’s owner had a great memory of Coco at Dillon Beach on a rare sunny day.  She also had a gorgeous profile of […]

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Hunter After the Swim

May 25, 2014

English Golden Retriever Hunter was sleeping off a very fun day at the Russian River.  He spent the day swimming and rooting along the waters edge looking for any critters and of course chasing sticks and tennis balls that were tossed into the water. The particular part of the river didn’t have much current and […]

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