Join me and 36 fellow studio artists next weekend for live music, refreshments and one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and fine art at the Ashland Art Center (357 E. Main Street, Ashland)! Hope to see you there! The art center is open from 10AM – 6PM daily.

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Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Shopping! Now through the end of this weekend, use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY and get 10% off all things in my Etsy store! Take a peek – there are cards, magnets, prints and some original oil paintings as well! http://www.inspiredpetportraits.etsy.com

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Who doesn’t love a cute French Bulldog? Holiday cards featuring my painting “Wide-Eyed Red” are now available through my website (request cards through my contact page), at my Etsy and Artsydog stores (www.inspiredpetportraits.etsy.com and www.inspiredpetportraits.artsydog.com.artsydog.com/), and at the Ashland Art Center (Studio 3). As with all of my work, 10% of the purchase price will be donated to local animal charities and rescue groups.  Cards are professionally printed on heavy cardstock with a high gloss finish and are packaged with white envelopes in a clear cellophane wrapper for protection. The outside of the card reads  ”Thinking of You This Holiday Season”; the interior  says “Wishing you joy and happiness throughout the coming year!” . Cards are $3 individually, $10 for a package of 4, and $18 for a package of 8, plus shipping. 

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Eleven of my newer paintings are featured at Pangea (272 East Main Street, Ashland) until early December. Stop in and take a peek – “Pearl on Lavender”, the  Gamblin Award for Excellence winner at the Irving Art Association National Fine Art Competition last month, is there, as is my newest painting – “Got Mice?” – but you have to look closely as this one is perched high on a shelf overlooking the restaurant!

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This is a painting of Wrigley. He was rescued from a truck carrying young horses born to Premarin mares to their death. He now lives in Ashland, and was trained as a riding horse by an artist friend’s daughter for her senior project at Ashland High School. He is so beautiful, it’s hard to believe he was going to be euthanized. Many other young horses on the same truck were not so fortunate.

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This painting was a commission and a surprise holiday gift. I am shipping it off  tomorrow to it’s new home, where it will be well hidden and hopefully not discovered for a few more months…..so fun! Oh, and I did get permission to post this one – no one who recognizes this cat is allowed to post comments or the surprise might be spoiled :)

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This painting was finished on First Friday at the Ashland Art Center this month. The painting of the dog was done well before, but the polka dots giving perspective to the piece took a lot longer than I anticipated. The dog was painted from a cute hound dog photo I found on a copyright-free website, and as I was painstakingly painting the polka dots a friend said the dog looked like hers – Daisy – so, I named it Dots and Daisy! A photographer from the Chamber of Commerce photographed me painting that night and said it might show up on their website – I’ll have to take a look……

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My painting of Pearl, a Sanctuary One rescue cat, won the Gamblin Award this weekend at the Irving Art Association’s “Unconditional Love” National Fine Art Pet Portrait Show!

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Three of my paintings were accepted into this wonderful show featuring pet portraits in a variety of art mediums. The artist reception is on Sunday, September 11 from 2-4 at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Drive, Irving, Texas and the show runs from August 29 – September 22. The  Jaycee Park Cener for the Arts is open Sunday/Monday/Wednesday from 1-4PM and Tuesdays/Thursdays from 10:30 – 3PM. If you are in the area, stop in and see the show. I will be attending the artist reception on the 11th.

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This is a fun painting of one of my own dogs, Tucker. He always perches himself up high on the sofa so he can see out the front window. I think he looks like a king, so I painted the sofa red.

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