Many of my clients commission portraits over the years as they bring new dogs into their family. Karen, who recently passed away, was one I will always remember. She also came to me for dog training with her beautiful German Shepherds at Dairydell Canine, so I was able to really get to know her and her family. This oil painting of Tim was her most recent commission from me. Her previous two portraits of Sierra and Conan were done in pastel. Sadly, Karen died at the age of 60 due to complications from ALS. Even though her last three years were increasingly challenging, she never stopped trying to accomplish her goals and live a rich life. Artwork of her beloved shepherds was important to her and I feel blessed to have been the artist she chose to create those very special pieces of art. You never know what the future holds, so if there is something you want to do or accomplish, don’t hesitate. I greatly admired her passion for life.
The 2014 Cover
Table of Contents for 2014 Blue Book
I was very flattered to be asked create
the cover of the “Blue Book” the annual publication of all things related to Bluetick Coonhounds. For just about every breed of dog there is an organization that celebrates their special attributes, and the “Blue Book” champions Bluetick Coonhounds. The cover I created features a dog known as Annabelle, and was done in color pencil watercolor paints. The organization was so trilled with this years cover, they’ve already asked me to create next years cover too! I’m thinking of doing a scene in pastel with a coonhound in action. Very exciting! I’m hoping to create commissioned art of coonhounds for years to come. They are certainly a gorgeous breed!
Gift Portrait of Addie
In January 2015 I completed my goal of donating a portion of every commissioned piece of dog art since July, 2014, and gave a check to the senior dog rescue group, Lily’s Legacy http://www.lilyslegacy.org/
Located in the country not far from my home in Petaluma, my husband and I visited Alice Mayn, the founder of Lily’s Legacy. My husband took this photo as I hand delivered not only the check, but this pastel portrait as a gift to her for all of the hard work she does to help the many senior dogs in need. Alice had tears in her eyes, which or course made me teary! It was my second visit and my husbands first to see the dogs that are living at the facility, but looking for a forever home.
Now, for 2015, I will make a donation to Second Chance at Love Humane Society, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates dogs of any breed and age. So if you’re interested in a portrait, and also like the idea that some of the commission will go to a dog/animal rescue group, I hope you consider having a portrait done by yours truly!
“Dear Lesley, What can I say to adequately thank you for your incredible support of Lily’s Legacy as well as your spectacular painting of our beloved Addie. It brings tears to my eyes when I look at it. You really captured her! Bless you for caring about our old pups and we look forward to collaborating to save needy pups ongoing. Warmest regards, Alice “
St. Bernard – Gus
I absolutely love this piece. The angle is interesting and complimentary to the large dog. Shooting at an upward angle might not always turn out so well, but the moment I saw this I was very excited to get started. The only thing I left out was the saliva by the bottom lip. The magic of art! This was one of the larger color pencil/watercolor paint pieces I have done. The head measures 9″ in length and 7.5″ wide. It may not sound large, but with the extra open space around the head and with a matte of several inches, this will be an impressive size once framed. Gus lives with his owners in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. What a handsome guy!
Lesley, Just wanted to let you know that we received the artwork and it is amazing! We love it! You are a very gifted artist! We can’t wait to have it framed and display it in our home. Thank you so much. Justin and Alicia
Pitbull Dog with her Toy in Oil
I loved the sensitivity so much of the Pitbull and her toy in my first commissioned piece done in graphite, that I painted another in oil. I would love to offer the use of this image to rescue groups for the prevention and awareness of dog fights. I think that it illustrates the sweet and soft side of this strong breed, the Pitbull. A powerful image for a powerful breed. This portrait is 9″x12″ oil on canvas board. If you are involved with a group that you think could benefit from this image, please contact me through my website or Facebook.