My latest sample painting of Dayna! My hope is to bring some exposure to pets that have been in shelters for way to long and need to find their furever home.
Below is the Facebook post and photos that inspired this pet portrait.
Original Facebook Post from Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
WE NEED YOUR HELP: Today is day #359 for Dayna at the ARLGP. Next Friday, she will be here for ONE YEAR. She is 4-years-old.
SHE DESERVES A HOME. She’s crate-trained and knows her basic commands. She walks beautifully on her gentle leader and has a minor obsession with squeaky toys of all shape, color, and size. YES, Dayna needs to be the ONLY PET in her home. But THAT'S OKAY, we know there’s a pet-less home out there that could soak up all of Dayna’s sweet kisses and belly rubs. She’s silly and playful, and we are constantly smiling in her presence because of her bubbly personality. We think she’d do best in a country home, where she has space to roam with her people and lounge on some sunny grass.
PLEASE HELP DAYNA BY SHARING THIS POST. The power of social media has done it before, let's do it again! If you are interested in meeting Dayna, PLEASE VISIT US and ASK TO MEET HER (she is not on the main adoption floor).
Thank you, ARLGP friends and family. Let's get this girl HOME!
I started Ramma’s portrait a couple weeks ago in an effort to bring awareness to all the amazing pets at shelters along with the people who help them. Since then I think she has been adopted from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. ??
Her painting will now be a part of my sample collection I lovingly show at events to promote my services.
Ramma is an 8x8 oil painting.
Dixie Lee is in foster care via Old Dogs, New Digs. For more information about her or to schedule an appointment to meet her please e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This sweet southern gal is Dixie Lee. She has spent most of her 9 years of life in a shelter in Mississippi. She's now made the journey to Maine to find a family to finally call her own. She may need a little time and patience to adjust to home living but she sure is worth it. She would do best in a new home without cats or small animals.
Dixie's foster mom asked her to say a few words about herself:
"I am a dog that is really just learning how to be a dog. Life is scary and I am tentative about most things, but when I have a friend to help me I become less scared. Today that friend was my foster mom. She tried to feed me this strange plastic container. I had no interest and ran back to my bed. To my dismay, she followed me and held out the same strange container in-front of my face for a very long time... OK, I'm exaggerating.. it was for only a few short minutes. Since she hasn't been mean to me during my stay, I decided to placate her and lick the tan stuff in the container. IT WAS MAGICAL! I have never had something so delicious before.. well except for that time when my foster mom put venison in my food bowl.
This place is cool and I am enjoying getting to experience new things, however I still don't like children very much and I prefer the company of females and other dogs to males. I don't bark much and have no interest in the trash, however I do like shoes. What female doesn't?!! I just like to move them, I would never chew them, they are too expensive."
For more information about Dixie Lee please check out the link below...
Below is a short video showing me putting the final touches on this sweet girls pet painting.
I rarely paint a full body portrait, but in this case the reference photo was so compelling that we decided it would be the best way to memorialize her.
"Her name was Star and she was 17 when she died. She was border collie terrier mix but seemed to have more of the terrier traits. I loved her so much. She was great with other dogs, cats and kids.she loved to give you her paw to shake hands. She loved to run and boy could she run. She was like a greyhound when she got going. "
I started Nicole's portrait a year ago as a sample for my portfolio and to raise awareness about the Lucky Pup Rescue group who is helping so many pups and people with adoptions here in Southern Maine and other parts of New England.
Recently Lucky Pup posted on Facebook that Nicole has been adopted...
"Nicole has been in and out of our rescue for a long period of time and she was just waiting for the right person to come along. We are grateful to our friends at White Mountain College for Pets for helping her (and us) in her journey and to her new dad for seeing the love this girl could give."
For all the fur-baby Dads!
I have 4 spots open for a custom pet painting to give for
Father's Day June 16th
~ Cut off date is My 11th ~
I just loved painting the sweet smile of this painting I did of Sophia the Bernese Mountain dog for a Christmas gift a few years back.
Sophia is just 2 yrs old. Full of energy and loves to play. She is bright and gets so excited her tail and whole butt wiggles.
She great with the 15 month old grand babies. She grabs her toy and will sit next to them while they are playing.
I painted Skippy the Beagle last spring. The commission was a gift from a Mother to give to her son. Growing up with beagles myself, they hold a special place in my heart and I was thrilled to have Skippy on my easel.
"We got Skippy in Oct 2002 ( he was already 2) and he passed in Nov 2017 so he lived a long time.
Skippy would ride with him in his truck.
He loved the painting thanks again it was a perfect gift."
A Mothers Day commission from last year of Leo. This is an 8x10 oil painting.
"Leo is my parents 15 yr old cat. My daughter Abbey gave him to them the Christmas after my daughter Amber died. She had been staying with them while she was in college.
They were distraught and Abbey thought he would help. They are now in their 80s and that cat is still keeping them smiling. He is a Dickens! We all love Leo! There may not be a more spoiled cat on the planet!"
A recent commission of Izzy with his little red boots, 8x10 oil painting.
description from Izzy's Mom....
He is about 7-8 years old and is a long haired dachshund mix. My son found him wandering the streets in Little Rock Arkansas about 2 1/2 years ago and he has been with me since...I am a travel nurse so he accompanies me on my assignments and is my constant companion.
He is laid back and friendly and has never met a stranger..he loves children and long legged dogs !!!
He loves to walk and eat !!