Category Archives: Portraits

“Portrait of a Tabby Cat”

Like so many other pet lovers, we think our kitty is one of the sweetest girls around!  So this year I decided to paint a portrait of our Snickers. She’s getting older now so when I found this photo, I thought it would be a fantastic reference. (see reference photo below)


Portrait of a Tabby Cat

Completed painting

Reference photo


“Portrait of a Red Poodle Puppy”

Here’s a little painting of my studio mate when he was just a puppy.  Hard to believe  Copper is almost 11 months old now.  We can’t imagine life without him. He didn’t enjoy being the model in this somewhat “imaginative pose”.  He especially didn’t want to wear the hat or hold the brushes! 

“My Studio Mate, Copper” is 11 x 14 inches, oil on panel. 

Please feel free to inquire about commissioning your pet’s portrait. I am happy to chat with you about your ideas and can make suggestions depending on your requirements and budget.  Fees start at $595 for an 11 x 14 inch oil on canvas panel.

Reference photograph

My Studio Mate - A Standard Poodle Puppy

The completed painting







Portrait Study of Francesca

Here’s the preliminary poster study and subsequent portrait, painted from life in a few days, of Francesca. I wish I had had the time to finish her. This was painted in the studio of Tony Ryder, here in Santa Fe.

Poster study for portrait.

Portrait of Francesca, oil on linen

"Portrait of Francesca," 10x12 inches, oil on linen


Portrait of Edel

This is only a portion of the 24 x 34″ commissioned portrait.  Edel is a beautiful woman outwardly and inwardly.

Portrait of Edel


Portrait of Tom

Portrait of Tom, my husband. 11 x 14 in., oil on panel.


Self Portrait

This study in oil (on panel) was initially created so I could finish another portrait from long ago when I was in school. Our skin coloring is similar.
It was a comedy at times because I wore this goofy grin and had to keep putting on and taking off my glasses. Also lighting, as in any painting, was really important and in the beginning light was reflecting off the mirror right into my eyes which I didn’t notice until really getting down to the business of painting. You’d think I had learned by now. So, I rearranged the easel and mirror and painted over what was already there.
It was really fun to paint all in all!
Self Portrait