Three Little Oreos

by Lesley on September 20, 2017

This sweet little dog is named Oreo.  She is a labrador/corgi mix breed and very much loved by the family.  There are 3 children in the family – all in college. Each of the kids are really missing Oreo, so the mom in the family had the idea to give each child their own graphite portrait of Oreo as a surprise Christmas gift.  She knew she wanted one of Oreo’s face, one of her sitting and the other of her sleeping.  Finished months in advance of the holiday and for framing, they will be done in plenty of time for Christmas!

Oreo 3Oreo sitting 2oreo sleeping 2

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Katie – Dalmation Mix Breed Beauty

by Lesley on July 18, 2017

November 2016 I was contacted by a lady in North Carolina wanting to commission a surprise portrait for a friend.  She originally met her friend, Eric, at a dog park with this companion dog, Katie.  My customer, Gail. could see how strong the bond was between Katie and Eric and wanted to give them a special gift.  You can tell by the expression that Katie is a sweet, sensitive soul.  Below is the response from the Katie’s’ owner, Eric.  He sent this kind message following the portrait from Gail.  It is so nice to be a part of such heart felt gifts.

“This past Christmas I received as a gift from my best friend Gail, a commissioned  portrait of my other best friend Katie. You captured her sweet peaceful face PERFECTLY. Her portrait is hanging above the mantel in my Great Room. Thank you so much for your beautiful work and for sharing your artistic gifts with others. I just went to your website and was so pleased to see my Katie in your picture gallery. She truly looks exactly as you drew her. Thank you again for your wonderful talent and for rendering Katie’s unique qualities so beautifully.”

Katie

Katie

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Macy – Long Haired Chihuahua

by Lesley on June 5, 2017

Macy

Macy

This sweet little girl is only a few pounds soaking wet!  She and her brother, Monty, now both have portraits.  Monty’s was done back in 2008 and now Macy’s is complete and ready to hang on the wall next to her big brother’s.  According to her owner, Macy is untrained except for knowing “bang, bang” and she she hears that, she immediately drops to “play dead”.   Even though she is eight years old she still looks like a puppy!

Monte

Monte

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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

March 31, 2017

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 […]

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Bernese Mountain Dog

March 11, 2017

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

January 11, 2017

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 […]

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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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