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A Little History...

I have  been a professional sculptor for over 35 years and I had never really done much work in pastels. After watching a time-lapse video of someone painting a portrait of a horse in pastels, I felt that I should give it a try. The result was the oil pastel portrait of "Sadie", my daughter's first horse. Encouraged, I followed the first painting with a dry pastel painting of "Kaya" and then my daughter's dogs "Ben" and "Roxy". I then started painting some of my neighbor's pets with good results. I found that I was enjoying this work very much and that I was deeply touched by the reactions of the people for whom I had done the portraits for - so I decided to pursue this area of art work on a larger scale and thus "Petsgraphique" was born.








































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"SADIE"
First pet portrait...oil pastels.
 
 

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Ben and Roxy enjoying Halloween

I found that painting the portraits and the interaction with the pet owners was very rewarding. I know I love my two dogs and that everyone feels that their pet is just the greatest. To find that one aspect in a pet's appearance or demeanor that makes the pet special is the goal of a pet portrait - not only providing a likeness but capturing a part of the soul of both pet and owner. When I have accomplished that, then I know I have succeeded.
 
 
 
 






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Courtney with Sadie and Kaya

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"BENJAMIN B"
First dog portrait...pastel pencils and soft pastels.
 
 

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Bill in the studio, starting work on a new dog pastel portrait...






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"KAYA"
Pastel pencils and sticks.
 
 
 

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"ROXY"
Pastel pencils and soft pastels.




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Bill working on the oil pastel portrait of "SADIE".








































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"Reef Dancer" by Network Music Ensemble