BERT Poodle Puppy on Oriental Rug Sage Celery Green Wall

8x10 inches, oil on panel
This is Robin's new puppy, Bert!  She'd just had three pet portraits done and when she recently saw my painting of "Sammi" (scroll down) she was so surprised at the similarities that she immediately requested a portrait of her darling little Bert.  Scroll down to see Bert's new siblings, Lilly, Penny and Sandy.

Here's Yogi, Smokey's brother oil paintings pet portraits from your photos Westie West Highland Terrier

8x10 inches / oil on panel
Here's darling Yogi, Smokey's brother!  Adorably windswept, Yogi sits contentedly on the dock with the color of Autumn grasses in the background.  What a beautiful day to be remembered!
Westie West Highland Terrier 
(I've since added details in his eyes.)

Smokey Caim Terrier dog portrait oil painting

8x10 inches / oil on panel
Smokey, a  Cairn Terrier , is an absolutely adorable standing here in dappled sunlight with that happy, perky expression!  Who couldn't fall in love?  Her sibling, a Westie aptly named Yogi, will be posted tomorrow.
To commission your pet's portrait email me.

dog portrait in oil Black English Springer Spaniel Victorian bed blue floral sheets

8x10 inches / oil on panel
A most delightful scene of serenity, a darling black and white English Springer Spaniel sits quite contentedly amidst fresh blue and white floral sheets in a Victorian bed with inlaid floral swags.  I always say it, but as I'm a still life artist first, these extra details in my pet portraits are an extra joy for me while painting!  The moment I saw the photo reference of Finn I knew I had to paint his portrait!

darling Cavalier King Charles Spaniel peeking out from antiques in a French Shop Miniature Oil Pet Portrait

7x5 inches / oil on panel
Molly is a darling Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who loves rummaging about Leslie's French Shop in Williamsburg, VA.  (I'll get her shop name / link for you!)  Being an interior designer, she wanted to show as much of her shop as possible in this tiny little portrait.  There will be another somewhat larger portrait of Molly's siblings, Tucker and Jilly coming next week so keep looking!
If you'd like to commission a pet portrait email me at

BIRD PARROT PORTRAIT OIL PAINTING vibrantly colored Rosella Parrot Tiger Lily bird eating corn

"Tiger Lily"
8x10 inches / oil on panel
Carol describes her beautiful Tiger Lily as a little scampy, befitting her slightly disheveled appearance.  As her "ruffled feathers are uniquely her "style", I felt it would be best to accentuate Tiger Lily's darling silhouette by placing her against a lighter background.  It was a little daring for me since most of my subjects, both still lifes and portarits, are set against medium toned or darker backgrounds.  This was a wonderful change and so suitable for spunky little Tiger Lily!

exquisite Ragdoll cat on teal moire sofa with floral tapestry pillow oil painting

7x5 inches / oil on panel
Osa is an absolutely exquisite Ragdoll cat with big blue eyes, who is pictured here on a teal moire, tufted sofa with fringed, floral tapestry pillow.  She is only a 10 month old kitten but will become quite big as an adult, and is very lovable.  Just imagine snuggling kisses in all that thick fur! 

Sammi white poodle puppy original oil painting custom pet dog portrait

12x16 inches / oil on panel
 (Please excuse sway from digital camera; I really need another SLR.)
I love when people tell me a little about their pets so I can think about them while painting; somehow that helps me connect to them which always makes for a better painting.  When I first saw the reference photo of Sammi, my reaction was sheer delight!  Then I began considering cropping and editing the image to improve the composition, i.e., remove horizontal white moulding behind her head, etc.  However, something was lost in the process.  Yes, the result was a better composition but a little magic was lost, then I realized why!  Part of the undeniable charm of Sammi was her small proportion, enhanced by the background moulding and wide layout.  So in this case, although contrary to my design instinct, I chose to work as closely as possible to the photo reference in order to retain that irresistible, "Awwww," when I first saw her!  :o)


(digital camera puts a horizontal sway in pics)
Two more paintings in progress this week, Finn and Sammi.  I expect to have darling little Sammi done in one more sitting then rush shipment later this week.  Beautiful Finn is in a Victorian bed with lovely blue & white linens which you'll see emerge shortly in the next sitting with him. 
A personal note....
Please note that all the portraits in my commission list will be done very shortly!  I'm working overtime to meet the demands and this week has really put me over the hurdle of feeling overwhelmed with orders!  I'm so grateful to have this opportunity to share in the special bond between you and your precious pets.  With that in mind, I'd like to mention that I'd be delighted to paint people portraits as well, especially since that's the first subject I pursued decades ago.  Of particular joy would be to have the chance to paint someone with their pets, perhaps your spouse, children, grandchildren or yourself with your furred or feathered friends! :o) 
Please email your images for a quote on a custom painting of

three oil paintings in progress, bird, dog, cat portraits

From Left:  Tiger Lily, Molly and Osa
Anticipated completion Thursday

Here's Tiger Lily eating a piece of corn.  Her feathers aren't done yet, and as the photo pictures her on top of the cage without her tail showing, I added that and am still deciding just how I want to depict her placement, i.e., what table style, angle, etc. I must say that there's something lovely about a white background for a change, but I'll likely just do a soft, neutral such as light taupe...or as I think about it, perhaps just a shadow under her rather than a that would be fun wouldn't it!  (Pic shows unedited image w/ evening lighting.)
In the first image above, Molly is inspecting her mom's French shop chock full of goodies, and Osa is snuggling in a teal moire Victorian chair with lovely rose embellished pillow.  Being a still life artist who's recently begun exploring pet portraiture, I must admit that these two paintings provided a bit more delight with all the extras in the backgrounds.  Of course I adore birds as many of you know from having seen them in my still life paintings peeking out amidst fruit and flowers as well as the extensive nest paintings I've also done over recent years.  Well, it's a late night again at the easel, now 1:30 AM but wanted to post these for you to see.  Tomorrow I'll be checking on Sammi's portrait to see if it's dry enough for the final detailing -- I'm thinking it may need one more day to dry.  With white I can't layer it too much or it just gets lost and blended.  To keep it crisp and alive I need to wait for the layers to dry.  Okay, signing off for now, but more coming during the week!
(Also, one still life and three portraits are shipping on Monday.)

UPDATED COMMISSION SCHEDULE crowd of new friends up this week, feathered and furred, custom pet portraits, paintings in oil

current commission schedule
(reference pics shown)
RASCAL for Kathy - hold - pics to be taken after Rascal's recovery 8x10
SWEETPEA for Iraida - shipped
CARMEN MIRANDA for Faye - shipped
LACEY for John - shipped
nest still life for Nancy - shipped
IZZY NOEL for Jackie - shipped
hydrangea still life for Marti - shipped
5x5 rosebud - done
music themed nest for DPI - done, shipped
PENNY, Morkie for Robin - done, shipped
LILLY, Bichon puppy for Robin - done, shipped
SANDY, yellow Lab for Robin - done, shipped
RUSTY for Dorise - done, shipped
SAMMI for Theresa 12x16 - done, shipped
SCOTTIE and FUJEE, cats for Dorise - done, shipped
OSA, Ragdoll kitty for Marilyn 7x5 done, shipped
TIGER LILY Rosella Parrot for Carol 8x10 done, shipped
MOLLY in French shop for Leslie 7x5 done, shipped
FINN, English Springer Spaniel in Victorian bed for Sueanne 8x10 done, shipped
ALEX PEREZ GALLERY Fall Exhibition  done, emailed
SMOKEY for Susan 8x10 done, shipped
YOGI on the dock for Susan 8x10 done, shipped
Pumpkins 10x8 for Nancy done, shipped

BERT for Robin 8x10 done, shipped
WESTIE in Santa Hat done, emailed
BUSTER, Beagle Mix in the covers 8x10 for Deborah, done, shipped
MAGGIE, Rat Terrier in the covers 8x10 for Deborah, done, shipped
8x10 big OSA for Marilyn done, shipped
5x7 BAILEY in the Mountains for Robin, done, shipped
8x10 HUDSON and PLUM for Carl, done, shippped
5x5 yellow roses in spode teacup for Jeannie, done, shipped
20x16 Max and Simba for Annalisa done, shipped
TUCKER and JILLY in French shop for Leslie 9x12 done, shipped
10x8 nest for Nancy done, shipped
8x8 yellow lily for Marti done, shipped
8x8 roses in basket for Marti done, shipped
8x8 asst. floral with nest for Marti, done, shipped
Hydrangeas / Lilies for Kate 20x16, done
14x11 DAISY for Anne, done

gorgeous cats caramel black long haired custom pet paintings in oil

"Fujee and Scottie"
12x12 inches / oil on panel
Two stunning, long haired cats are poised together on this white painted desk. While this painting is 12 inches, their heads are actually only about 2 inches in size so the most delicate touch of the brush can alter an expression. Therefore, the steadiest hand and concentration was required as with my miniature paintings. You'll see in the detailed image that I've further refined Fujee's face and beautiful, soft green eyes. (Please excuse the digital camera sway on the tableline as it's perfectly straight in reality.)

A percentage of proceeds donated to:
Coalition of All Breed Rescue of Arizona - CABRA
P.O. Box 7264
Phoenix, AZ 85011-7264
oil painting above; client photos below
To see Dorise's other boy, Rusty, scroll down a few more posts.

taste testing, meeting Teddy, sitting pretty

taste testing, meeting Teddy, sitting pretty

...and one of my beautiful boys

...and one of my beautiful boys

and here are my big boys

and here are my big boys

...and our other big boy

...and our other big boy

my constant companion in the garden whom we lost to cancer this past spring

my constant companion in the garden whom we lost to cancer this past spring