Commissioned Portrait of Bowzer

Just before the holidays I was commissioned to paint a memorial portrait of this beautiful dog, Bowzer.  This was a gift from my friend, Maria, to her dear friend, Zara, who was grieving over the loss of her “big, sweet boy.” Since this was a surprise…

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Portrait of Levi

It’s so sad to lose a beloved pet. Our furry friends – whether they are a dog, cat, hamster, or horse – occupy such a big space in our hearts… When I was asked to paint a Memorial Portrait of this beautiful pitbull, Levi, I…

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Portrait of Charlie

My friend Lynda enjoys painting as much as I do. She said, “I’d like to commission you to do a portrait of Charlie (her husband) from this reference photo, so I can see what you would do with it.” COOL!   There are so many different…

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Sometimes it’s the little things…

It felt good to step out into the backyard this morning and stretch my toes in the cool, damp grass while enjoying a mug of piping hot coffee. The contrasting sensations did an excellent job of melting away the final remnants of sleepy fog that…

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The story behind “The Guardians”

As an artist/photographer, I’ve learned to give careful consideration to photos before deleting them from my camera’s memory card. Sometimes what I can’t see in an underexposed or blurry shot is far more valuable to me than what I can see clearly, because it prompts…

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Portrait of Cosmo

It absolutely made my day when Elizabeth Gregory North on DoodleKisses.com commissioned me to paint a portrait of her beautiful multigeneration Australian Labradoodle, Cosmo! I had a smile on my face the entire time I was painting this. He has the most gorgeous, golden eyes…

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Portrait of Jerry and Terrie

My friend, Diane, and her husband commissioned me to paint a portrait of their friends, Jerry and Terrie. Here’s the reference image they sent me: And here’s the finished portrait: (click image to view larger) I’m so happy they were pleased with it! Here’s what…

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The story behind “Hello”

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’ll have your camera in your hands at precisely the right moment when something unexpected and delightful happens…. Jenna was having fun playing with some bubbles on the patio…   … when, much to her surprise, one landed ever-so-perfectly, right on…

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Portrait of Miss Kelly and Toby

I am head over heels in love with my miniature Golden Doodle, Toby. Look at that face! It melts my heart every time he looks at me. And he is such a good boy! (I couldn’t resist showing you that – haha!) I decided to…

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Vegas Inception…

I get asked about this image that appears on my Facebook page every so often. This was kind of fun. One day, Ryan got the idea to tape his iPhone to his 350z’s sun visor and film the drive from my house up to the…

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