Cover of Bluetick Coonhound’s “Blue Book”

by Lesley on February 26, 2015

The 2014 Cover

The 2014 Cover

Table of Contents for 2014 Blue Book

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!



Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Rescue Donation

by Lesley on February 4, 2015

Gift Portrait of Addie

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

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

by Lesley on January 24, 2015

St. Bernard - Gus

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 Portrait Oil Painting

by Lesley on January 6, 2015

Clonet with Toy

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.


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

October 17, 2014

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 […]

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Murf – Small Mixed Breed in Pastel Painting

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 […]

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Argos – Greyhound

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 […]

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Lucy and Sophie -Two Boxer Girls

August 3, 2014

                  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 […]

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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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