Author Archives: Bernadette

About Bernadette

Portraits of Animals features my latest fine artwork and photography, original art and prints, handmade creations, apparel, housewares, gift items, greeting card sets, books and calendars inspired by my household of felines and the beauty of nature. In every moment of every day, everywhere I go, I see something extraordinarily beautiful and inspiring. I am moved to share it by interpreting it in a medium that most clearly expresses my inspiration in that moment, be that medium visual or literary, 2D, 3D, poetry or prose or some combination thereof. I only hope to do honor to the moment and fill others with the same blush of joy I felt at first experiencing it. On this site I present the results of those efforts to interpret my inspirations—my cats, commissioned cats and dogs, wildlife, landscapes, flowers, waterscapes, just about anything that crosses my path.

Upcoming Event: Cat Celebration at PetPeople Green Tree

Cat Celebration Day Saturday, October 16, 2021, Noon to 3:00 p.m. We’re celebrating all things cat on Global Cat Day, also Feral Cat Day! PetPeople Green Tree, 1948 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 I’ll have just a table space to display so I’ve carefully chosen what I’ll have with me. I made a collage of […]

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Autumn Open House Online

Now that my local open house is over, it’s open for you to shop online. From now until October 15, this Friday, use the discount OPENHOUSEAUTUMN2021 for 15% off your order total. What’s available in the sale? Basically everything on my website! The only thing you miss out on at the live sale is the […]

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Featured Feline Artwork and October Desktop Calendar: Enter Three WITCHES

  I’ve gotten some pretty unique photos of my cats, and this one is one of the most unique. Gathering around the lamp is interesting enough, especially this little hurricane-style lamp. Then add a pumpkin because it was October, and it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a […]

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October Nature Desktop Calendar: The Lichen Tree

What treasures we find if we only turn and look. Is that awesome or what? There are so many colors of leaves in this one small area, but the lichen tree, as I named it, is actually completely dead and bare, is what really makes it for me. The sun had been covered by overcast […]

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The Woods in Spring in Black and White Film

I always include a good bit of photography in my Panhandle Trail exhibit and like to share some interesting views on common scenes. A mini-exhibit within the larger exhibit I included this year was a walk through the spring woods, typically full of emergent color and shape, but this time in black and white film. […]

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New Design: Only Good Luck Black Cats Garden Flag

“Only Good Luck!” is a design I put together on Friday the 13th of September 2019. “Full moon, black cats and Friday the 13th all come together for good luck! I decided to make a little graphic with a photo of Mimi and The Four Housecats of the Apocalypse and one of my Harvest Moon […]

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Are You Ready for Meow-lo-ween?

It’s that time of the year again! I got the party started at my two events this past weekend with my greeting cards, the favorite Happy Meow-lo-ween garden flag, and a new garden flag for Meow-lo-ween season or any time because it celebrates black cats, who are always good luck if you ask me! Only […]

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Upcoming Events: Fall Festival, Farmers Market, and Open House

Carnegie Fall Festival Saturday, September 25, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A community festival on Main Street, and I’ll be set up with the usual wares plus some special photos and prints of paintings of Carnegie. Last Carnegie Farmers Market of the Season Sunday, September 26, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Because the […]

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Certificates of Excellence in CWA 2020 Communications Contest

My works have won nine Certificates of Excellence in the Cat Writers’ Association 2020 Communications Contest this year, a mix of essays and articles about cat health, behavior, advocacy and artwork, along with commissioned artwork and portraits, and several photos. I can’t believe it’s taken me six weeks to share the news! Read about the […]

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Autumn Colors, Autumn Themes in Cabochon Pendants

The flowers of summer are changing over to shades of autumn and autumn scenes. I could also picture other elements of nature, like the red-tailed hawks that constantly soar above against the blue sky, and the newly bright forest floor as the leaves have begun falling. I purchased a few bags of cabachon frames and […]

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