Teddy – English Cocker Spaniel

by Lesley on April 18, 2017

Teddy

Teddy

Teddy is a hunting dog who lives in Indiana with his family.  His owner Catherine, saw my Canine Art Gallery portrait that was displayed in the AKC Family Dog issue last September.  She decided she wanted a portrait of their own special guy!

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Patch – Greyhound

by Lesley on April 18, 2017

Patch

Patch

This guy had a very privileged life living out at a winery in Healdsburg, California.   Mutt Lynch Winery is a very special winery that supports various shelters and organizations to help dogs.  Patch’s owner wanted to surprise her husband with this wonderful portrait on Father’s Day.

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Tess – Sweet Whippet

by Lesley on March 31, 2017

Tess

Tess

Once year I have had one of my pieces featured in American Kennel Club’s- Canine Art Gallery.  Because of this exposure, I have had more people from around the country see my art and contact me.  Tess’s owner, Kate, had tried to have portraits done of Tess in the past by other artist and was disappointed in the results.  When she saw my work in the magazine, she decided to commission me to do a portrait of her beloved Tess.   She was “thrilled” by the result!   Likewise, I am thrilled that she is happy!

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Bernese Mountain Dog

by Lesley on March 11, 2017

Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy

Bernese Mountain Dog

This piece is an oil painting of a Bernese Mountain Dog.  It was done on cotton stretched canvas and measures 8″x 15″.  This is one of the few pieces I did just for fun and is currently available to purchase.  Contact me is you are interested!

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The Last Hunt

by Lesley on January 11, 2017

Kirby's Last Hunt

Kirby’s Last Hunt

A man contacted me to paint a portrait of his dog, Kirby a black lab.  Mr. Kirby was a hunting dog but also a family dog and much loved.  The photo he wanted me to use shows the last hunt together in North Dakota.  In this pastel portrait, Kirby is looking out the field where his is anxious to retrieve.

The photo I worked from only “suggested” a sunset and I could barely see the water in the distance.   I played up the water and added the sun going down.  Very symbolic of the last hunt and last days of Kirby.

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English Labs and English Retrievers

January 5, 2017

The thing about the English…they like their cream!   These two dogs are both a beautiful cream color which is challenging as the paper I use is also off white.  In this situation, the owner has commissioned me for more than a dozen portrait.  She has them all framed a like and in groups around the […]

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Bergin University Dog – Erma – English Golden

January 4, 2017

Erma’s life was a service dog’s life. Originally she was breed at the Bergin Canine University for a life helping someone in need.  Now retired at 12 years old she is with a loving family.  The husband wanted to surprise his wife with a portrait of Erma so he set the wheels in motion!  This […]

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Kids-n-K9s

December 28, 2016

Since we are all dog lovers here I wanted to share a new product that I have recently put on the market.  As a dog trainer I have seen the results of dog bites to children and hear the stories of how these bites happened.  Most of the time the bites may have been avoided […]

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Think Early for Christmas!

November 3, 2016

  Every year I am impressed with people that plan in advance for their portraits.  People are already getting their requests in for their loved ones.  Here is one that has been completed and shipped out across the county.  Their are locals that have completed their paintings but I can’t let you see these yet […]

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Portrait to Cesar Millan

October 19, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016 was the Bay Area Pet Fair held in Marin, California.  I was working that day at the Dairydell Canine booth and Cesar also was working at the fair promoting a new show coming up next year and doing some demonstration training with dogs in the audience. This was just too convenient […]

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