It is a gorgeous summer in Sonoma and Napa Valley, and as many are on vacation, I wanted to share with you that in my spare time, I paint portraits of dogs and cats who are temporarily living in animal shelters. When the pet is adopted, a professional print of the oil painting is given to the person who provides these four-footed friends of ours a new home. Also, gift cards are made of the paintings and the proceeds are donated back to the shelter for food, bedding & care of other rescue animals. The following are a few of the paintings:
Buttercup had an outgoing personality and is petite & highly active. She would look directly in your eyes, just asking to be adopted.
This dog was a beautiful Grand Pyrenees mix who was found under an abandoned house.
Bella is actually my own puppy, and she is helping shelter animals through the sales of the cards.
Rigo was a small, friendly dog, with an especially expressive face.
This dog sat so proudly. He had been adopted and I painted him as a fundraiser for Pets Lifeline.This puppy was sweet and gentle, with a lovely personality, and is the sister to Buttercup.
Oliver was found on the street and rather unsure of his surroundings.
Gibbs was very friendly and loved visitors at the Pets Lifeline kennel.
This puppy was quite shy. He had been abandoned, then found under a house with his two siblings. After some very special care from Pets Lifeline, he gained weight and became more comfortable with people.
Emily was a wonderful calico cat with large, kind eyes, although exceptionally shy. She had been at the shelter for awhile and would hide under a blanket or go to the far edge of the cat room so that nobody could see or pet her. Her adoption occurred soon after this painting was finished.
This kitty had a very gentle personality.
These cards are now sold in four stores from Sonoma to Palo Alto. They are:
- Sonoma Sonoma Country Antiques
- Sonoma The Loop, at Cornerstone
- San Francisco Juicy News, on Union Street
- Palo Alto Letter Perfect, on University Avenue
Wishing you a happy summer! Do check back soon….