Cattle Dog - Sadie Marie

Cattle Dog – Sadie Marie

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 it!    There were also several volunteers busy preparing newsletters and for the bi-monthly visit to Pet Food Express.  They were all waiting for the arrival of people interested in adopting a 6 year old German shepherd.  While we were waiting, Alice and I chatted, and I was able to ask lots of questions about Lily’s Legacy.  I was very impressed with their efforts and am so happy to help with my art.  I’ll be donating a portrait of one of the dogs and donating a percentage of every commissioned portrait, a total of up to $1000.   For more information on Lily’s Legacy , please see their home page


Kami and Kimber – Rottweiler Rescues

by Lesley on July 8, 2014

Kami and Kimber

Kami and Kimber

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 something was wrong as the dog would not stop barking at him.   The animals had managed to survive three days in the house before it was discovered that the owner had passed away.   Luckily, the owner had left a lot of water bowls around and bags of dog and cat food open and accessible.   Her sister, Kimber, a five year old currently,  was rescued at 10 months old from the Napa, California shelter in hopes for a companion dog for Kami.  Both dogs are much loved and live with a couple in Santa Rosa.  A special wedding anniversary is coming in August and one of their (now current) owners has commissioned this pastel of their two much loved dogs.  The original photos where separate in time and place.  I needed to create a portrait that would make it appear as though the dogs were standing together.  We also wanted to give Kami a more youthful look that she had for most of her life.  Being 10, currently she has gone a bit gray around the muzzle.  Ah … the magic of art!!   The pastel is 10 1/2″ x 16″


Bandit and Star – Pomeranian Heros

by Lesley on 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 all that they come across.   Karen, their owner, had Bandit’s portrait done several years ago.   She wanted to be sure Star had her own special portrait to hang proudly on the wall.  Both portraits were done in watercolor paint and color pencil.  Adorable!!  For more information about this organization go to






Coco Chanel – An Elegant Poodle

by Lesley on June 10, 2014

standard poodle, pastel painting, custom dog painting

Coco Chanel

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 this elegant dog.  So, why decide to do only one portrait?!  The landscape/portrait below is done in pastel and is  an 8″x10″.  The profile, seen to the right, is also in a pastel painting  9″x12″.

standard poodle, pastel painting

Coco at Dillon Beach


Hunter After the Swim

by Lesley on May 25, 2014

English Golden Retriever, pastel painting,

Hunter After the Swim

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 was more like a shallow lake than a river.  As most retrievers are, he is an expert at maneuvering in any body of water.  He showed his Vizsla sister, Ruby, how effortlessly he can glide through the water to retrieve balls. On land he can’t compete with her speed, but in the water he is superior.  In the pastel painting he sleeps on a partially sunny wooden deck, letting his wet coat dry,  undoubtedly dreaming of the fun day with his family!   People with Goldens will recognize the kinky wet hairs on his ear.  He is an old boy as you may tell by the faded nose color.  In his younger days, he would have a black nose, but at the age of 10 the color has faded away to a reddish brown.   He will always be a handsome boy regardless.  I love all of the pastel colors that were used in his creme colored coat.


Sarah – Fun in the Woods!

May 12, 2014

Sarah is a border collie cross and is illustrated here having a blast being a dog exploring in the woods.  Her owner loves the picture because clearly Sarah is having a great time.  Tongue curling out with a spark in her eye.  She even has a little mud on her nose and tongue as she […]

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Jake – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Dog

April 5, 2014

This charming guy lives in the east bay with his owners.   Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are medium sized dogs with water repellent, double, medium length coats.  The kind of coat that is perfect for being near water where the action is.  Their coats have shades of red and orange with light feathering.   Jake’s owner […]

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February 28, 2014

Cosmo lounges with a relaxed calm look on his face.  He is a much loved pit bull mix that lives in the South Bay with two ladies.  You can see that Cosmo is a mature dog.  He has some gray to his black coat.  Black dogs with shiny coats reflect light.  You can see not […]

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Angus – Australian Shepherd

January 5, 2014

Quite a few of my clients are repeat customers.  Tracy is one of those clients.  For Christmas this year she wanted a very special gift for a dear friend who had lost her dog, Angus.   Angus was an Australian Shepherd.  Sounds like he was a sweet soul and very dearly loved.   When I first saw […]

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Brody, an English Cocker

December 28, 2013

Brody, an English Cocker Spaniel, lives with four other dogs in Wisconsin on beautiful Lake Michigan.  His other brothers, a chocolate lab, two chihuahuas and a beagle mix have all had their portraits done.  As a matter of fact, Brody is the 9th portrait to go to this family.  Brody’s owners have been clients of […]

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