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A Favorite Painting Sold, and the Story of Two Portraits

After 20 years, this painting of two rescued borzois finally went home with a loving owner. In 1998 when I met with their person to photograph them for a commissioned portrait she had an idea of just their faces, but as I watched the two racing around the sunroom with such joy, all that light […]

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A Very Special Commissioned Portrait, and a Review from the Recipient

I painted a very special portrait recently, special because it was commissioned as a gift for a friend’s significant birthday, a friend who I know as well, and because it was to include all the cats with whom she had shared her life to date AND include the red maple outside the window seen in […]

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A Great Rescue and Commissioned Portrait: I’ll Be Seeing You

CAN THE SUBJECT of a painting communicate through his image? One of the dearest stories from any of my portraits is the one of Cooper, a “first cat” who turned his people into rescuers but who left far too young though he was never far from the memories of his people and the other rescued […]

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Hearts and Paws Pet Care and Adoption Fair Saturday, June 23

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018, 9:30 – 3:30 Hearts and Paws Pet Ministry of Christ United Methodist Church’s 14th Annual Hearts and Paws Pet Adoption and Care Fair South Park Fairgrounds Agricultural Building Area 3734 Buffalo Drive, South Park, PA 15129 Admission is FREE At least 40 vendors and animal rescue organizations attend. ~~~ I’ll have […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Sophie and Ellie, Being Very Good

Don’t forget that through June 30 commissioned portrait certificates and portraits are 25% off. I thought I’d take this week to share a portrait of two very good dogs named Sophie and Ellie from ten years ago. Sophie and Ellie were indeed being very good—they lived right next to a busy walking trail and they […]

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Commissioned Portrait Specials for Mothers, Fathers and More

In everyone’s life is at least one special person who shared a love of animals, and in that person’s life there is often an animal companion who is or was very special to them. Read about Shadow, Casey and Ralph and a special Mother’s Day gift from 2006. Mother’s Day is in May and Father’s […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Rocky and Bullwinkle

I’ve had just a few portraits of cats and dogs together and Rocky and Bullwinkle is just about my favorite mostly because of the play of light that we decided to use. The light and shadow and the colors from the brilliant sunlight turned a kind of a typical portrait into one that is really […]

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Commissioned Feline Portrait: Family of Seven, in Pencil

A portrait of seven cats all in the same image, in a composition that makes sense for all of them and shows all their individual best remembered features, is a challenge, but a fun one. The request from the beginning was that they be in pencil because several of the cats were gray tabbies and […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Four Kitties Watching Mom

These four rescued kitties are supervising their mom working out in the yard! From the left they are Gizmo, Twinkie, Stewart and Elsie, four lucky kitties rescued by people who were working on TNR and found homes for the friendly kitties. The woman’s husband had purchased a gift certificate so that she could choose the […]

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Commissioned Portrait: Hania and Gracja

The reference photo a friend showed me for a portrait he had in mind was in black and white, and immediately I saw the sketch in silvery pencil of lovely Hania and her horse Gracja, just as you see here. It’s just a small portrait, 8 x 10, but captures a moment between the girl […]

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