Monday, January 30, 2017


Teo is a Portuguese Water Dog and his portrait was commissioned as a gift for Teo's owner. Teo apparently has lots of personality, so getting one clear shot of him was a challenge for my client. His right eye is perpetually covered by hair, so finding that eye to put in his portrait was also a challenge!

"Teo" - Graphite pencil, 8" x 10"

To keep him from looking like a one-eyed dog, it was important to show some of his eye while retaining his "signature" look. Creating Teo's portrait was a bit of a challenge, but I feel happy to have achieved my goal! As no two pets are alike, no two portraits are alike. Creating a pet's unique portrait is always a challenge, but always a joy! 

Teo's reference photo

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Two Portraits of Boo

Last Christmas, I was commissioned to create a portrait for a friend of mine who had just lost her beloved kitty, Boo. I was presented with such a wonderful collection of reference photos, that it was difficult at first to choose which one to use. I ended up making two separate portraits, one in graphite, and the other in pastel.

"Boo", graphite pencil, 10 x 8

Here below is the wonderful reference photo I used for Boo's graphite portrait. I zoomed in on his face for his portrait, as you can see.

photo by Rachel Walker

Next, I created a color portrait of Boo in Pan Pastel. The photo reference of Boo for this portrait was of significant importance to Boo's mom, so I was delighted to be able to give her two totally different portraits to remember her beloved Boo by. 

"Boo Sleeping", Pan Pastel, 10 x 8

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dana, Avery and Ryder

Having been a "Goldie mom" for close to 15 years, Goldens are, of course, very dear to my heart. I've recently had the opportunity to draw a portrait of "Dana", pictured directly below. Dana's mom, who lives in Massachusetts, commissioned me to create Dana's portrait. I loved the reference photo which showed Dana looking up intently, with bright, sparkly eyes. 

12 x 12, colored pencil

Reference photo of Dana

Another commissioned portrait was of a Golden Retriever named Avery...

and his doggy brother, Ryder, a Clumber Spaniel.


 Avery and Ryder's mom wanted a portrait of the two of them together...

Avery and Ryder
14 x 11, colored pencil on paper

and here's a detail of each of them from the large portrait...

detail of Ryder

detail of Avery
It's always a joy and privilege for me to create portraits for clients of their beloved pets, and to capture the unique personalities of each one.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Portrait of "Rags"

I was recently commissioned to create a portrait of this beautiful and noble looking Collie named Ragnar, "Rags" for short. His family, who live in England, sorely miss this dear old friend who passed away last year at the age of 15.

The portrait of Rags was created with graphite pencil on Stonehenge paper and measures 10" x 8". The photo below was the one reference photo I had of Rags. As you can see, there are lots of trees in the background, so I eliminated those to focus on Rags himself. His family just received his portrait and I'm happy to hear that they were surprised and delighted with the gift of this portrait of their cherished pet and friend.

Monday, September 16, 2013


Do you remember Dickens, the cute, little Havanese? Well, meet his cousin, Stanley! He is also a Havanese and quite an adorable one at that. Stanley's portrait is rendered in graphite pencil on Stonehenge paper and measures 10" x 8".

Stanley's mom provided some great snapshots of him that she took herself. I liked this view of Stanley best because not only was the lighting good, but I love the way he's looking up and how his eyes sparkle. Eyes are always the most important feature for me in a pet portrait, so when I can bring out the pet's personality in it's eyes, I'm happy!

Below is the reference photo of Stanley that I used. I chose to leave out his collar and the rest of him so that his head, and his eyes, are the main focus.

 I had such a fun time creating Stanley's portrait. I'd love to create a special pet portrait for you! The Holidays are rapidly approaching, so now is the time to place your order. Please contact me if you have any questions or to order your portrait. Hope to hear from you soon!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Portrait of Dickens

Please meet my newest pet portrait subject! His name is Dickens and he's a 9-1/2 year old Havenese. Dickens' parents tell me that he is 'super-sized', meaning that he is twice the size of the AKC breed specification. His full registered name is Alderon's Chas. Dickens. I'm sure that the original Mr. Charles Dickens would have been quite proud to have this handsome little fellow named after him!

I was given some great reference photos of Dickens, as he is a very photogenic little guy. This portrait was rendered in graphite pencil on Stonehenge paper and measures 10" by 8". 

If you would be interested in having a portrait created of your own pet or to give as a gift, please send me an email. I would be delighted to create a custom portrait just for you!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Portrait of Henry

I'd like to share with you my newest pet portrait! Henry's portrait was a gift from my client to his "mom" for Christmas and some great snapshots of him were provided. It was a lot of fun to create this portrait of Henry in colored pencil. His coloring worked well with the tinted paper that I used, providing enough contrast for the white fur. This portrait measures 10" x 8" and was matted and framed to a 14" x 11" size.

 Here's a closer view of Henry's face. Isn't he a cute little guy?

My next portrait is on the drawing table of another cute little pooch named Dickens, so stay tuned for his portrait coming soon!