Warning: You might need tissues (according to the folks on Facebook who watched it already). I am humbled and grateful to have had my work and message captured so beautifully by Enero J. Ray and Chad Fedler of Touchvision. This was edited down from a 40 minute interview with me as well as a visit from my client Claire and her pups Medi and Tula. We also took a field trip over to the new Urban Pooch Canine Training Center to get some footage of the new mural I designed. What a gift to have this tribute to my pups Izzy and Alice who were such an integral part of growing my art business and inspiring me to get involved with addressing the Homeless Pet situation so prevalent in our society.
I had a wonderful time working with Dr. Cindy Olsen creating this great piece for the lobby of her brand new Animal Hospital in Ravenswood, we’re practically neighbors! We incorporated elements from her logo (a horseshoe with the Chicago flag stars), and her dearly departed horse, Skip. It looks so good with the bright yellow walls of her lobby. I’ve got several other pieces on display, as well. It was great fun to see the place packed with people and pets at her recent grand opening. See photos below of her staff, which includes her darling mother, Mama ‘C’. Such a warm and friendly place, when I meet my next dog, I’m definitely bringing her here! Alice’s portrait was the placeholder until the final print was completed, they color coordinated with that gorgeous orchid!
Fun to recently receive these photos of the Pierce Family’s collection. I created this narrative 4 piece commission back in 2005. Each panel of this narrative quadriptych featured cities and significant life events in those locales. If this interests you, see more at this link, they make for incredibly memorable gifts!
This piece is from my dream flyer series back in the late 90’s early 2000’s…vintage ALF! So delightful to see where my work resides, and what a gorgeous home!
Todd and Linda came by recently to pick up the super fun, custom Narrative Pet Portrait Painting of their five beloved pups…they even brought two of them, Dublin and Pink! Such a fun project and such sweet, beautiful dogs…I love my job!
Dublin w/his portrait!
see detai shots below.
Dublin the “Dock Diver”
Tully…the “Food Hound”…who loves treats!
Madigan: “Shoe Stealer” & obsessed with squirrels…they find their shoes in their yard!
Cait loves tennis balls! She carries around 2 at a time!
Pink, who never wants to be left behind…loves to go along in the car!
I recently completed some really fun digitally illustrated Portraits of four lovely young ladies in Chicago, for their Grandparents. These were made into ready to hang laminated Box Frame Prints..they turned out great! They also ordered pendant necklaces for each of the girls to wear…fun gifts all around and extra prints were ordered to give to each of the girls’ parents. A fun project for a wonderful family.
*Custom necklaces are only available if you order a 12×12 custom portrait.
It was great fun to create this composition encompassing all the lovely animals at the “Bad Ass Sheep Farm”. I had the pleasure of visiting the Hendricks Farm over the Holidays when I was visiting family and friends in Wisconsin and meeting all these adorable creatures. Very helpful to capture the spirit of this commission. In the painting: their chickens…(sorry I don’t have names) Dogs: Joy and Bo, Jack (Sparro) the kitty cat, Jacob Sheep Ewes: Rachel and Rebecca, Romney Sheep: 769 & Pitchfork and last, but not least, Penny..the (not so) bad ass! Oh…and the bees, they even make their own fabulous honey…from the Division of Angry Bees! Such lovely people and an idealic little farm, thanks Beth Ann & John!
Jacob Sheep Ewes, Rachel and Rebecca…love their markings! Raw Honey, brought to you by the Division of Angry Bees!
Beth Ann getting ready to serve up a bad ass lunch!
This was a commissioned surprise birthday Gift…a “Personality Portrait” featuring all things “Steve”. A big idea man with a love of tennis, golf, travel, good tequila & Vegas! Click to see more Personality Portraits at AnnesArt.com.
…just helped my fabulous new client, Claire, pull off a wonderful surprise for her partner, inconspicuously hung a narrative portrait of their dogs in my storefront window: …her priceless response when she noticed it: …i’m still smiling, this was such a fun project and the joy and surprise with which it was received, heart warming. …and I love, love, loved creating the Mexican ‘day of the dead’ inspired details. It’s my new favorite pet portrait! Do you like the subtle little angel/el angelito & devil/la diablita details? and the leaves and vine motif…with scalloped edges…this is going to carry through into some new paintings!
..it was an evening of re-lining to bring the images back into sharp focus!
It got to be a late night…
…the bottom/underside took way longer than I expected, finally finished at 3am!
Made last minute touch ups in the morning then signed it with my top secret tool… …time to deliver it to Westmont to Remes Auto Body for the protective clear coat, Rich generously took the time to help me transport this thing once again. …was very glad to have these gentlemen unload and carry it off the truck. Can you tell it's late afternoon on a Friday? These guys were very jovial! I just received an email all the pieces were installed today at Oak Brook Center and the big award ceremony, ribbon cutting and sculpture walk is next Thursday, May 19th…kind of exciting!
Here's the color portion of this story…spent a week deliberating if I should have 3 different color schemes/tiers and in the end stuck with it. In the past I would have done a coordinating border like the black and white bones I did in the 'Suite Chicago Dogs' set….but since this is one single piece and that was 4 separate pieces opted to try something different. It might look a little odd here, but wait until you see it with the black outlines painted in….stay tuned!
Actually going home to finish it tonight as I have to deliver to the autobody show in Westmont that is doing the clear coating…wish me luck!