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.
Mr. Charlie was done as a birthday gift surprise from a husband to his wife. The husband happens to be on the board of directors for the Sonoma Humane Society. I believe this is where he originally found and adopted Charlie. This is one of my color pencil/watercolor paint pieces, a very popular choice. Even though Charlie is a black and white dog, there were quite a few colors in his coat. This made the black interesting and gave the piece depth.
This pastel painting measures 9″x12″. Scout lives in Seattle with his new owner’s, Chuck and Ann, who happen to be my cousin and his wife. Scout is several years old and I am unsure why he was rehomed to them from friends of theirs, but no doubt he has a great new home. I’ve seen a lot of Labradoodles over the years. He looks a lot more poodle than lab, but a fun looking guy for sure.
Bud – St. Bernard
St. Bernard – Gus
Two big beautiful St. Bernard Dogs. They were living together in Wisconsin, the perfect cold weather place for these two. As an artist, I enjoyed creating the portraits because they both had multiple colors, markings and flowing hair. I was sad to hear of Bud’s passing. He will always be remembered with this happy expression when they look at his portrait. This is the second post with Gus – see the first in my previous entries January 2015
We just wanted to thank you again for such a beautiful portrait of Bud. We are so glad that we had it done and were able to enjoy it while he was still with us. Sadly, Bud passed away recently at 10 years old, so we are so thankful to have such a beautiful memory of him on our wall. Hope all is well with you!! Thanks again.
Alicia and Justin Rake
Mac – Bearded Collie
Mr. Mac and Miss Rosie live in Iowa with their proud owner Marion. As someone who bred and has shown Bearded Collies for 20 years, she knows what they look like and the standards of the breed. Marion really loved my color pencil/watercolor paint pieces and knew this is what she wanted. High detail and accuracy were very important. It is clear to see that although these two dogs are of the same breed, they have very different personalities. Depicting the unique personalities as well as the unique physical features are very important to me as an artist as well as to the owner!
Love it!!….it gorgeous and you captured Mac exactly!!!!!! …..Thank you so much…..Marion