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Cynthia Brassfield ~ Sarah Gayle Carter ~ Michelle Chronister ~ Patrice Clarkson ~ Addren Doss ~ Amy Evans ~ Wendy Gordon Forsyth ~ Julie Dalton Gourgues ~ Robbintina Harrison ~ Marianne Hinojosa ~ Judith Johnson ~ Sue Linton ~ Beth Lowell ~ Jeanette Martone ~ Catherin McMillan ~ Melba Miller ~ Donna Mitchell ~ Marie Fritz Perry ~ Robert Phelps ~ Carole Raschella ~ Kimberly Kelly Santini ~ Stephanie Snell ~ Terry Swanson ~ Debby Thomas ~ Robin Wellner ~ Judy Wood ~ Laura Wright

Cynthia Brassfield
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Cynthia Brassfield

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I have been painting pet portraits by commission since 1996. My love of art and animals, as well as the joy it brings others, give me a purpose in life. As well as traditional paintings in oil and watercolor, I offer portraits on agates, Christmas ornaments, jewelry or just about anything I can paint on! I also offer commercial work such as logos and Tshirt designs.
Julie Dalton Gourgues
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Julie Dalton Gourgues

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My mission is to provide the collector with a painting that allows the love or appreciation they have for the subject to become timeless. This is achieved by working closely with them from initial concept sketches through in-process photos and final approval before a painting is shipped. Each painting is an honor and a thrill for me to produce.
Wendy Gordon Forsyth
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Wendy Gordon Forsyth

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Wendy Gordon- Forsyth is a graduate of the Honours Fine Art program at the University of Western Ontario.. After completing her Bachelor of Education, Wendy taught high school art for 32 years. Now retired, she enjoys doing pet portraits in addition to her " fine art " pieces done in encaustic, watercolour, acrylic and oil. Her work has won many awards....including signature status with Pastel Artists Canada.
Robin Wellner
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Robin Wellner

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I have been involved in the creative field for well over 40 years. I started in Fine Arts in college and over the years have pursued stained glass, graphic design, a silk screen and hand painted clothing line, faux finishes and murals and most recently portraits and pet portraits. I look forward to seeing and hearing about your favorite companion and how best to create a memorable keepsake of your relationship.
Michelle Chronister
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Michelle Chronister

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I am from Atlanta Georgia and I have been drawing on and off my whole life but about 4 years ago, I decided to dabble in color pastel and drawing dogs which I have never drawn before. I have always been an equine artist now the dogs are my favorite. I specialize in realistic looking portraits of people's beloved pets. I have never taken any lessons, it's a God given talent. I feel blessed to have the privilege to draw these beautiful dogs for all the people who contact me.
Amy Evans
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Amy Evans

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Amy's dog paintings are not meant to be portraits and are not intended to be exact renderings of the dog. Instead she paints them to capture their sweet spirits. Her paintings are impressions of these special creatures that add so much to our lives. Removing the details frees her to paint the beautiful soul that she sees in the eyes of dogs. Their eyes, ears, and mannerisms give her inspiration for her paintings.
Marie Fritz Perry
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Marie Fritz Perry

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Marie Fritz Perry’s work as a sporting dog artist was featured in the December 2013 issue of Gun Dog Magazine. The magazine ran a story entitled: “Gun Dog Artists: Graphite, bronze and everything in between.” Perry’s work in pastel was featured along side famed canine artists Paul Chinelli (illustrator for the New York Times, Gray’s Sporting Journal), Stan Bentall (Santa Fe Bronze artist), and Ross B. Young (Galleries: The Bird Dog Museum and Hall of Fame.) This was a great honor, following her inclusion as one of ten canine artists recommended by AKC’s Family Dog Magazine in their July 2013 & 2014 magazine issues.
Jeanette Martone
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Jeanette Martone

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While volunteering in the developing world, I often encountered stray dogs wandering the village streets, some strays, some befriended by people. Moved by their vulnerability as well as their resiliency and grace, I felt compelled to honor their spirit in my drawings. My pencil and ink renderings, with infinite detail, capture in a moment of time the texture of fur; the reflection of an eye, the poverty of their surroundings. My works invite the viewer to delve into the drawing and emerge into the animal's reality.
Judy Wood
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Judy Wood

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Judy Wood is a career artist based in the Canadian prairies. She has worked in a variety of art media over the years. Her current work is photo based reworked in Photoshop and features animals, nature and prairie heritage images. Income from all prints purchased from her Fine Art America “Dogs” gallery goes to support the excellent work of Boxer Rescue Canada. Her current resident Boxer is a Boxer Rescue Canada alumnus.
Debby Thomas
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Debby Thomas

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A horse trainer/instructor, Debby now uses her intuitive sense for animals to emotionally connect you with their world through her drawings, paintings and photographic images.Debby’s canine, equine and wildlife work is in private collections worldwide has won numerous awards in National and International Juried exhibits and shows including several firsts and “Best in Show” in The Equine Photographer’s Network’s annual competition. Her photographs have been featured in “Horses in Art” magazine, exhibited at the AKC Museum in St. Louis and have been used by the National Wildlife Refuge system.Her artwork won a first in "Artist's Magazine", "Best Terrier" in the prestigious "Art Show at the Dog Show" and was exhibited in the American Academy of Equine Artist shows. "First Encounter" was a cover image for "The Chronicle of the Horse". Her work is featured in the books “Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing”, “Best of Virginia Artists”, and the “Best of America, Photography” as well as calendars and magazines.
Carole Raschella
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Carole Raschella

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As much as I love color, black and white art has a quiet serenity which has always appealed to me, so working in pencil has been my focus since, well, forever! I love the challenge of taking the infinite shades of gray between those two absolutes to create an interplay of light, shadow and texture that willeventually reveal a finished portrait. Color is there, washed in from the mind of the viewer, making each piece, in a sense, an original. And since my second passion in life has always been dogs, it seemed only natural that they would be my primary subject
Stephanie Snell
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Stephanie Snell

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Stephanie Snell grew up in northern Wisconsin with three younger siblings. Went to elementary school in a two room school house and graduated high school with a class of eighteen. She first started painting in her mid teen years. After graduating high school, she moved to Chicago and worked for several years as a waitress and bartender, and painting was not often thought about much less done. Five years later, she married and moved to MA. After the birth of her second child, the family moved to Maine. Once the children started school, there was a little more free time, but she continued to work as a waitress and became friends with many of her regular customers. One of those friends owned a lamp and shade shop in town and invited Stephanie to participate in a cut and pierce shade class. While taking the class, Stephanie noticed that some of the lampshades in the shop were hand painted and jokingly told the owner 'she could do better'! That was the start of a twenty five year friend and business relationship. As Stephanie painted lampshades, she was continually challenged with 'special orders'. People wanted shades to match fabrics, shades with lighthouses, flowers, birds, moose, loons and more. In time, the artwork evolved and became River Maggie Art, specializing in watercolor pet portraits. Stephanie's portraits have been commissioned from all over the world, and last year she was accepted into the Art Show at the Dog Show, taking second place in the watercolor category.
Sue Linton
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Sue Linton

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I bring your photos to life in paintings that will touch your heart! Your portrait will look like your pet but be more alive , 3D and colorful.Photos show every detail and give everything the same emphasis. They lose any feeling as the important things get lost in the clutter. By creatively enhancing & downplaying areas of your portrait I bring back the emotional connection you feel with your pet and replace the feeling that photos lose. Satisfaction Guaranteed
Beth Lowell
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Beth Lowell

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Beth Lowell was born in Denver, Colorado. She has lived in Chicago, Boston, New York City, and now resides in Morristown, NJ. Lowell graduated from The Vesper George School of Art, where she studied under the tutelage of many artists of the Boston School. She continued her education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, graduating with a BFA and has attended classes at the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan.Lowell’s celebrated animal paintings are collected internationally and have garnered many awards. Her work has branched out to include other subject matter such as landscape, seascape and still life. She accepts commissions for pet portraits and other special projects.
Marianne Hinojosa
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Marianne Hinojosa

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Marianne is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and the middle child of German immigrants who came to America after WWII. As a toddler, Marianne began drawing her favorite Disney characters. In 1990 she began painting in oil when she attended workshops taught by accomplished artist Richard Weers. Dogs are her favorite painting subject; she also paints other animals and still life. Continuing to learn and develop as an artist, Marianne attends workshops , and has been taught by other talented and successful artists such as Karen McCauley, Carol Marine, and Kaye Franklin. She has been a member of The River Art Gallery in San Antonio for 24 years and is a also a member of the Canine Art Guild.
Robbintina Harrison
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Robbintina Harrison

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From my small studio in the Cherokee Mountains of Tennessee, I love creating dog stained glass panels from photos. I've been working with Stained glass since 2008 and it has become as much a passion as my gardens. They both come to life and twinkle with color throughout the process of blooming into a flower or a stained glass panel.
Laura Wright
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Laura Wright

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UK Wiltshire based artist - specializing in drawing dogs. I'm a vet nurse in my other day job and a dog lover! I love the character and expression found in different breeds and love trying to capture that with my pencils through every hair and whisker! I work predominantly in coloured pencil but dabble in acrylics occasionally too.I try to take my own reference photographs where possible.
Catherin McMillan
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Catherin McMillan

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Catherin is a professional animal artist from NSW Australia; who has been working as a professional artist for more than ten years, producing commercial quality images in pastel for various, canine entities for the past several years. Catherin works primarily on a commission basis. With a select number of galleries representing her original works of art. Catherin works in a variety of mediums depending on the needs of the client. Catherin’s favoured medium at present is watercolours with these she can produce fine near photographic quality images. Pastels and acrylics also feature largely in her imagery. Working primarily from photographs of real animals this allows her to produce either individual portraits, or a montage from a series of individual images, thus giving her work greater scope for a more complex piece.Catherin has experience in producing commercial logos and images for commercial merchandising houses whilst also producing custom originals of show animals, companion animals, horses, and people.
Donna Mitchell
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Donna Mitchell

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Donna Mitchell is a soft pastel artist, working in traditional realism. Her painting subjects are diverse, with portraiture of pets and people being her specialty. She has a lifetime of drawing and painting experience and has fifteen years of teaching experience. “Painting pets is an experience I will always enjoy. When painting pets, I build a relationship with both the pet and their owners. We work closely through the commission process and the end result is always a pleasing experience for both myself and my clients.”Donna has studied portraiture under the instruction of local, national and international portrait and figure painters. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Pastel Society of America, Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, along with local memberships including Art Center School & Galleries, PA; Carlisle Arts Learning Center, PA; Perry County Council of the Arts, PA; Valley Art Association, MD; Wednesday Morning Portrait Group, MD; and Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, MD. Donna welcomes commissions of portrait subjects. Visit her website to learn of the commission process: http://www.DonnaMitchellPastels.com
Melba Miller
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Melba Miller

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I have been painting approximately the last 18 years and am mostly self taught, although I have attended work-shops whenever possible. I am a member of the Canine Art Guild, a platinum member of the National Grand Art Society, a member of the Degas Pastel Art Society and the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. My work has been shown locally, statewide, and nationally including the “by invitation only” at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA. My work is also shown in various stores in Texas.Eighteen years ago, I found that God had given me the gift of painting portraits. Since that time, I have been busy painting children and/or pets to complete family portraits to home places. etc. I especially love painting children and animals! I strive for realism in my work and love it when I can cause the personalities of the subjects to shine through my paint!
Sarah Gayle Carter
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Sarah Gayle Carter

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In 2007, as a lark, Carter painted a few high-spirited, expressionistic, dog portraits. . Dubbed “ColorDogs”, the energetic and appealing results were an immediate hit with dog lovers, and have takenon a life of their own: “Carter’s ‘Color Dog’ portraits have a funky, off beat freshness that manage toconvey not only the likeness, but also the personality of her animal subjects. With skillful brushworkand unerring eye, beloved pets come alive with an uncanny energy and presence, felt by ownersand casual observers alike.”"Coming from a design background, I respond to line, form, and color wherever I find them. I'mdrawn to clean compositions, and tend to pare down my subject matter. I like to feel the texture ofthe paint and see the color hiding under the surface of forms. There's something inherentlysensuous about the very process of painting. Whether land, sea, skin, or fur, I can almost feel mybrush stroking the subject's surface as I work. Its magic."
Judith Johnson
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Judith Johnson

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I am working mostly in watercolor for its portability, and oil for its flexibility and pastel for outdoor plein aire work. I have been most comfortable painting animals but am expanding my visons with incorporating the human figure and am excited about the work I have done recently.I live a happy life in the country side near Kalamazoo, MI surrounded by our dog, cat and horses and am delighted with return visits of our son and daughter and their expanding families.
Terry Swanson
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Terry Swanson

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Terry’s passion for drawing animals started as a youngster. She recently got back into oil painting and in 2009 ventured into watercolors. She specializes primarily in canine and equine subjects but is also painting wildlife. Her work reflects her love and admiration of the animal families and also wildlife. She strives to bring out the personality of each individual in her work. In addition to oils and watercolor, she has continued with photography and resumed her work in pencil/graphite.She accepts a limited number of commissions per year
Kimberly Kelly Santini
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Kimberly Kelly Santini

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I was born an artist, but took some time figuring that out. I tried on lots of other hats, but it was my desire to create that ultimately won. I’ve got college degrees in art and art history, an extensive professional background in many different art arenas and some odder life experiences (like writing automobile owners manuals). My work is widely and enthusiastically welcomed, sitting in corporate collections and homes around the world, and has been honored with a variety of wonderful awards (hello 2015 Kentucky Derby!!).I am a contemporary painter concerned with color. I know, there isn't a single painter alive today who doesn't say the same thing. But here's the thing – color makes me happy. Harmonic color sings and a saturated color begs one to come play and complimentary color gets the dance started.I also explore form vs line. The weight vs edge. Planes coexisting with contours. There's an interesting conversation that happens when a carefully drawn line is placed a little askew upon a carefully modeled form.And light! Light gives me goosebumps. Light can sculpt a shape – it finds edges where previously there were none, it burns out color altogether, it can rake across a known surface and change it into unchartered territory. It's a powerful thing.Painting color, form and light is not just how I support my family. It is a passion I gratefully share with my students. It is how I give back to my community. It is an example to my kids (and others) to follow their dreams. It is also how I maintain my sanity (ok, in the interest of full disclosure, that last point about my sanity has been questioned).I encourage fans to share what you think. Sign up to follow my daily pieces, ask about my commission process, stay in touch via social media, browse my portfolio, or visit my work in person. And don't be shy – speak up, ask questions, purchase art – I dare you!
Addren Doss
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Addren Doss

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Dogs have a special place in my heart, and I have been painting portraits of them in oil and pastel for about 10 years. This journey began when I decided to give a small painting to a friend of his two labs. I especially enjoy the process when starting with my own photos of the dogs. Viewers have said "I see their soul shining through the eyes", and "I want to reach out and touch their fur". By meeting and photographing a dog his/her personality and spirit do come through in the final product. I love meeting them, giving them a good rub, and looking in their eyes. When that is not an option, I gather as much information as possible from the owner about their beloved pet. The reward for me is seeing the delight in my client's eyes when they first see their painting.
Patrice Clarkson
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Patrice Clarkson

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For years after graduating from the Ontario College of Art, my career was in Advertising, employed by publishers, printers, ad agencies and an inhouse artist at a select set of businesses. I enjoyed working as a designer and illustrator, but drawing slowly faded from the forefront. Some employers had no idea that I could paint or even draw. Then one summer, I decided to freelance. Maybe get to do the kind of artwork that I loved. I quit my fulltime position and another phase began! Slowly, the work went from assembly, paste-up to design and illustration, then to commissioned pet portraits. I was drawing and painting animals as I had done as a young girl! This kind of art is not work but a great love and a wonderful fulfillment. Come, join me on my ‘Journey of Creating’
Robert Phelps
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Robert Phelps

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In addition to his thriving career as a decorative painter, Robert Phelps has been a professional exhibiting fine artist since 1996. He is recognized for his vibrant figurative work and uniquely-colored portraiture. A self-taught artist, Robert enjoys exploring the unconventional application of color in the expressionist and fauvist styles. Through his bold and energetic use of color he strives to capture the radiant energy and emotional purity of the canine heart.
Judith Bates
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Judith Bates

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The love of capturing animals in pastel and oils has been a lifelong passion for Judith since an early age, and has continued throughout her adult life as a successful painter of dogs, wildlife and landscapes.Judith is a graduate of the Schuler School of Fine Arts, an atelier style school in Baltimore, Md. where she was classically trained in the Old Masters’ Style of realist painting with much emphasis on drawing and form.Dogs have always played an important part in Judith’s life. When painting a portrait, she brings a lifetime of knowledge, understanding and respect to the easel. She feels every dog is an individual with a character all it’s own. As an artist, she succeeds in capturing the unique spark that’s present in every one.Today, Judith’s work can be found in many private collections across the United States. Her pastel "Irish Wolfhound" was awarded "Best Entry Depicting A Sight Hound" and placed second for all pastel entries at the prestigious, Art Show at The Dog Show juried competition in Kansas City, Missouri. Judith resides in Harford County, Md. Where she lives on a farm surrounded by the animals and landscapes that inspire her on a daily basis.