Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mr Smiley

This is an original oil painting of a happy golden retriever. This is not a commission so it's up for sale!

Mr. Smiley
8x8 · Oil
FOR SALE ON ETSY





Monday, September 18, 2017

Orange and Teal

I love these colors together. As soon as I saw this scene I knew I'd have to paint it!

Orange and Teal
8x10  ·  Oil




Friday, September 8, 2017

Indie

I had the privilege of painting this beautiful Golden Retriever in a cross between the pop-art and contemporary styles for a wonderful client out in Texas. Goldens have the greatest smiles, I couldn't help but to be happy while I was painting him.

Indie
12x16 · Oil



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Brook

This is a portrait which I did for my niece for her birthday. Her dog's name is Brook, she is a Jack Russel Terrier/Chihuahua mix which came for a cat rescue in GA and is so sweet! My niece adores Brook and Brook adores her, just the way it should be!

Brook
18x18 · Oil





Monday, August 28, 2017

Palomino

Palomino horse standing in a field. This painting has such a peaceful feeling.

Palomino
5x7 · oil
AVAILABLE ON ETSY






Thursday, August 24, 2017

DeKalb FLAG Logo

I had the honor of designing this logo for a wonderful not-for-profit organization which has recently started up, DeKalb FLAG. As I am a foster and adoptive parent, this hits close to the heart for me. Such a great resource for foster and adoptive parents!

Bendt Design


Friday, August 18, 2017

Big Yellow

Oh how I've missed digital painting! Apple finally made good on the release of their second generation iPad Pro. The iPad Pro paired with the Apple Pencil is simply heavenly!


Big Yellow
Digital Painting
PRINTS FOR SALE on Etsy!





Thursday, August 17, 2017

Great Gift for the Holidays!

OK, I can hear you saying it "COME ON...Summer isn't even over and you're talking about the holiday season already!? You're crazy!" Here's the thing, while I may be a little crazy here and there, I'm actually not on this one.

I looked at the calendar and just about died! How do I figure? 2 weeks for holiday shipping + 4-6 weeks for drying time (most portraits are painted in oils and they take a long time to dry) + time to work on the painting (they each require several steps with drying time in between) and WOW! Here we are!

If you’ve been thinking about ordering a special gift this year contact me before September 10th and save 10% on a custom portrait!

Sale on Custom Portraits
10% off now through September 10th

Friday, July 28, 2017

Galloping in the Meadow

As a child I had a horse whom I just adored! I loved to ride! I loved the feeling of freedom when I was on him and the bond I had with him. I relive some of those feelings every time I paint one of these beautiful creatures.

Galloping in the Meadow
8x10, Oil
FOR SALE ON ETSY (original and prints)




Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Castillo de San Felipe, Guatemala

Here's another painting I did as a submission to the monthly Virtual Paintout challenge. This time we went to Guatemala and I must say, I was rather surprised by the lack of roaming ability there was. Having said that, virtually everyplace I saw was beautiful!

Castillo de San Felipe, Guatemala
8x8, Oil
FOR SALE ON ETSY







Friday, June 16, 2017

Oh What a SmartCar

This is another painting which I did from a photo which my friend from college took. Funny, I'm not all that into cars but I just love her car photos and they call me to paint them! I'm so lucky that she is amenable to that!

Oh What a SmartCar
8x10
Oil
FOR SALE ON ETSY
(original and prints available)




Painted with permission, from a photo taken by Vivienne Scholl.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Chocolate Lab

My childhood dog was a doberman and my first dog as an adult was a lab/golden mix. These breeds hold a special place in my heart so it only seems right that they should be the first of my breed specific, non-commissioned, paintings!

I did also do a painting of a golden a while back which sold but the chocolate lab and doberman are both available.

Chocolate Lab
12x12
Oil
FOR SALE ON ETSY




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

By the Sea, Ghana

Recently I finished the largest painting I've ever done (Sligo). I believe this is the smallest. I painted this for March's Virtual Paintout challenge which was in Ghana. I've mentioned this before but I really love it when I have a chance to participate in this challenge. It's a lot of fun and such a great idea of Bill Guffey's!

By the Sea, Ghana
4x3
Oil
Original and Prints For Sale on Etsy


I found these fun little "mini masters" canvas and easel sets and had so much fun painting in miniature!
5 Inch Display Easel


I couldn't resist creating a miniature Certificate of Authenticity for this little painting!
Certificate of Authentication

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Seamus

I was very excited to be asked to paint a second portrait for a friend of mine from high school. This new portrait, which will be joining Sophie on their walls, is of their much loved dog named Seamus.

Seamus
1616
Oil




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Freedom!

This is another large one, though not nearly as large as the Sligo painting! I had so much fun painting this! I was so captured by the spirit and beauty of this horse that I was sad to finish it. I was originally going to add a cradle to this but when I was out shopping the other day I found the perfect frame! The texture of the frame runs vertically and teeters on the edge of contemporary and traditional which I love! It is also dynamic enough to put on this painting which has so much movement but doesn't have so much energy that it competes with the painting. I was so happy as I really did not want to put a small plain frame on this guy!

Until this sells, it can be found hanging in my family room!

Freedom!
18x24
Oil
For Sale On Etsy