Cats & Dogs

 

Siri, Mark and their dog, Angus. Portrait by Marcia Gawecki.

Siri, Mark and their dog, Angus. Portrait by Marcia Gawecki.

Oftentimes, people ask me to include their cat or dog in their family portrait. It’s natural in the U.S. for us to think of pets as family members.

The one thing I tell customers is that the pet will be painted in the same bright colors. It’s fur will be pink, red and yellow, and may look like Scoobie Doo! But if you’re OK with that, like Mark and Siri from Carlsbad, then you have a nice family portrait to cherish for years to come!

Omaha friend and kitten

Omaha friend and kitten

This friend of mine from Omaha insisted that I paint his portrait with his small kitten, which never left his side. I was not used to painting animals, but it seems like a natural extension to his shoulder.

Milo B+W Portrait from photo Banner $225.

Milo
B+W Portrait from photo
Commissioned Banner $225.

Idyllwild neighbor holding up portrait of him + partner with two dogs

Idyllwild neighbor holding up portrait of him + partner with two dogs

Living in Idyllwild, I am surrounded by many interesting wild animals, including raccoons, deer, coyotes, squirrels, and a multitude of birds, including Steller Jays, hawks, eagles and owls. I try to photograph them as best I can, but it’s not always easy. I’d like to eventually paint them in my bright colors.

 

A motley crew of dogs outside Fairway Mart in Idyllwild

A motley crew of dogs outside Fairway Mart in Idyllwild
Raccoons on porch in Idyllwild

Raccoons on porch in Idyllwild

Activist Banner Opposing dolphin killings in Taiji, Japan

Activist Banner
Opposing dolphin killings in Taiji, Japan