acrylic on canvas

2015 Animal Portraits #bygret ----

2016 is already off to an incredibly busy start with the animal portraits ...but before I get too submersed in the new year, it's nice to look back at some of my work from last year....

Pet Portrait Process Pics.... (and fun with alliteration!)

Here are a few in-process shots I took while painting this cute little Yorkiepoo named Dixie.

I always start by putting a few coats of color on the background (that way, there isn't any bare canvas peeking through if certain spots of the background do show through).  Then, I sketch the animal onto the canvas in pencil and build the paint up from there!  It's neat to see the phases captured in pictures - It gives it a sorta color-by-numbers look to the process.  The highlights and the details always come last, along with a coat of varnish for protection.

Carlos, my latest pet portrait subject...

...and on a side note: with Christmas right around the corner (crazy, I know ), the holiday commission orders are already coming in!  Turn around time is usually around 4-6 weeks depending on size of painting, so contact me soon to get on the list!

Army Wives: Season 7

In 2013, I was contacted by the set designer for Army Wives (which was filmed here in Charleston, SC) who was looking for decorations for an episode of Season 7.  For Episode 10: Reckoning, one scene was set in a vet's office and artwork was needed for the walls.  Fast forward to a few days later and my "Cheetah" painting getting printed at a larger scale and used on set!

Photo of the Army Wives' set of the vet's office in Season 7 with Cheetah hanging on the wall on the left-hand side.











10" x 10"

acrylic on canvas