The past three months have been happily full of commissions - paintings that others have asked me to create to honor pets of their family and friends. I enjoy making these little portraits, wondering about the personalities and character of the furry loved ones, pets that have touched the lives of their families to the point that someone knew they deserved a portrait. I cherish the paintings of my own sweet dogs that are now gone. I so hope that I have somehow captured these other beloved furry friends in their own paintings. Regardless, painting them brings me joy, and that is certainly worth doing!
A friend recently asked me to paint her three pets, two cats and a dog. Having known this family for years, but now separated from them by half the country, I was delighted to take on this project as it gave me a chance to "spend some time" with these animals. Drew, Mo, and Hank - your paintings have kept me company this winter/spring and I was a little sad to send them on their way. What fun they were to create!
I was recently asked to paint these two beautiful girls on the beach as a gift for a friend of a friend. It was fun imagining what they were doing just before pausing to watch the sun rise.
A friend approached me last summer about painting some space art for her nursery. Switching gears for this project was a fun new challenge. I swapped oils for acrylic, canvas for board, and realistic for cartoon-ish. But space art is right up my alley, and I loved it so much that I created a few extra pieces, just for fun (and practice before doing the commissioned piece).
My dad asked me to create a painting for him last year, which I delivered this past summer while on a 5-week roadtrip. In this painting, my dad is driving the old Ford tractor they use for cutting/bailing/moving hay, with my niece Kelsey (the inspiration for the twirling series) riding on the back. It was really fun painting that scene, as it both brought back memories of my own adventures riding on and driving the tractor and gave me a glimpse of life for my dad as a grandpa. The picture doesn't quite do it justice, but since it is now hanging in Missouri, this will have to do.