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BTS of Painting Loki, a custom portrait of a black Lab

By |2019-12-06T11:34:34-05:00December 6th, 2019|Categories: Behind the Scenes|Tags: , , , |

I love taking my clients and followers, behind the scenes of how each pet comes alive on canvas. Many share how much they enjoy following along in real time via Instagram or Facebook and others prefer the monthly inspirational email (sign up for a chance to win $100 studio credit in our monthly drawing) for a quick summary for a few links to deep dive. Come with me as we take a look at how Loki, the [...]

Throwback to Caroline’s Pet Portrait

By |2019-07-13T13:52:21-04:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: Behind the Scenes|Tags: , , |

Ahhh Caroline's Pet Portrait from last Spring. I met her in real life months after finishing and it was a moving experience bringing tears to my eyes. ”I KNOW YOU” - my whole being said to this beautiful rescue pup I’ve shared countless of hours together with in my studio. There is an intimate connection between me and the pet I paint. It’s like they are in the studio with me cheering me on and keeping [...]

Reflecting on Chunky’s Pet Portrait

By |2019-07-13T14:11:15-04:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: Behind the Scenes|Tags: , , , , |

I’ve got mom brain. I can barely remember what day it is but I do remember how to paint and Chunky's Pet Portrait is a sanctuary. He is guiding me into what this new season in life is for me. Between spit ups, blow outs, potty training and the Virginia heat wave, painting for me is being in direct alignment with the Universe. At least I got this down. Here, I don’t have to think. Here, [...]

Custom French Bulldog Painting: Fanny’s Personalized Dog Portrait

By |2019-09-12T01:33:15-04:00May 13th, 2016|Categories: Works of Art|Tags: , , , , |

"I opened my Christmas present and said out loud: Oh, it’s a pet portrait of a french bulldog. Then I realized, it’s a portrait on MY french bulldog and I immediately burst into tears. This is one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received. I'll treasure it always." - M.L. of Virginia Fanny’s pet portrait is a custom original acrylic painting of a white french bulldog commissioned by a husband from Virginia. He wanted to [...]

Custom Jack Russel Chihuahua Mix Painting: Olive’s Personalized Dog Portrait

By |2019-08-30T15:53:31-04:00November 20th, 2014|Categories: Works of Art|Tags: , , , , , |

Working with Erica on Olive's pet portrait was an easy and enjoyable process. I appreciated Erica's attention to detail, advice and consultation with me during the creation of the painting. I couldn't be happier with the end product. The details are amazing and it looks exactly like Olive, right down to the asymmetrical pattern on her nose and lines on her face.  We'll enjoy this painting for decades to come!" - B.L. of Virginia Last year I [...]

Custom Great Pyrenees Painting: Sugar Bear’s Personalized Dog Portrait

By |2019-09-05T17:33:29-04:00August 13th, 2014|Categories: Works of Art|Tags: , , |

At at 130 lbs, Sugar Bear has been a regal and intimidating personality.  Erica has perfectly reflected the kind and imposing nature of this gentle giant.  This portrait thrones over our family room and brings back fond memories of this departed member of our family. – J.G. of Virginia Sugar Bear’s Portrait is a custom original acrylic painting of a Great Pyrenees and the third portrait out of three commissions ordered by a client in Virginia.  I've already revealed sweet [...]

Custom Shih Tzu and Jack Russel Mix Painting: Gadget’s Personalized Dog Portrait

By |2019-09-12T02:36:22-04:00January 7th, 2014|Categories: Works of Art|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Wow, I’m so impressed by your talent! It looks fantastic. I know my wife will love it for Christmas. – D.P. of Virginia Gadget’s Portrait is a custom original acrylic painting of a Shih Tzu and Jack Russel mix commissioned by a client in Virginia who wanted to surprised his wife with a portrait of their dog, Gadget, for Christmas. My client found me via searching online for local artists for pet portraits. He shared with me [...]

Custom Golden Retriever Painting: Maggie’s Personalized Dog Portrait

By |2019-10-18T19:31:35-04:00November 18th, 2013|Categories: Works of Art|Tags: , , |

It is so perfect it looks like a photograph. Beautiful! – L.M. of Texas Maggie’s pet portrait is a custom original acrylic painting commissioned by a man in Texas whose golden retriever is 11 years old. He shared with me that while she shows her age in some ways, she is very much a young dog at heart. She loves taking her toy out in the backyard and roll back and forth. She throws it up in [...]

The making of Luke

By |2013-10-24T10:33:20-04:00October 24th, 2013|Categories: Behind the Scenes|Tags: , , , |

Darling Luke was such a wonderful dog to paint. It was the third portrait this client ordered from me and the first dog, her pride and joy. She had rescued him when he was a little wee one and at the time I painted his portrait, he was 16 years. Sadly he passed away shortly after the painting was complete, and the painting, which was ordered to be a tribute to his long and beautiful life, is now [...]

What’s going on in the studio?

By |2013-08-16T11:52:21-04:00August 19th, 2013|Categories: Behind the Scenes|Tags: , , , , , |

So many things are happening right now...  One of my secret bridal bouquets I've worked on this summer finally arrived in Sweden and the husband gave this lovely painting to his very surprised wife the other night. More information about this piece to come in a later post. I shipped off another bridal bouquet to NYC the other day and a notecard set to the giveaway winner who lives in Sweden. Sure, international postage is always more expensive [...]