I've been fortunate enough to have dogs in my life from a very early age. Lindsay and Shortstop were the two smaller dogs I grew up with. I'm not sure what their mixes were, but Shortstop was a small,white-ish, wire haired little dog whose head was constantly orange due to me dropping sphagetti-O's on it from my high chair, and Lindsay was a patient little black dog of undetermined mix who used to fetch my toys and bring them back to me, so I needn't learn to walk right away and get them myself. When I was about five (maybe?) there was Stella, a lovely German shepherd who used to try to accompany me up the steep ladder of the metal twisty-slide at the playground close to our house, and then quickly change her mind and race to the bottom of the slide to make sure I was OK at the end of my ride. She also used to come on the merry-go-round with me, and then I'd hop off and she would just sit there until it had slowed down enough for her to get off. After that came the short haired dachshunds, Max and Odie and after them the pomeranian poodles, Ariel and Lacey. Then when I was out on my own I got my own dog, a lovely golden retriever that I named Gershwin. Him and I adventured around for 10 years and two years before he died I decided I really did want a second dog and so I adopted Luke from the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS). I heard about SCARS from the manager at the cafe I worked at. He had just adopted a lovely dog from there and had nothing but good things to say about the organization. Then another co-worked adopted from there as well, so I decided to visit their website and see if I could find a new canine addition to our little family.
It costs money to run an animal rescue shelter, and the more animals that are rescued, the more funds are needed to pay for accommodation for the rescued animals, gas to transport the animals, vet visits, food, leashes, collars and other accoutrements that might be needed or replaced when they get damaged by stressed out animals or everyday use. So I'd like to help. Since I love to paint and that's how I make my living, and I love painting PETraits, I thought it might be a neat idea as a fundraiser for SCARS to split half the proceeds from PETrait commissions I paint from October to November 30th with SCARS. I start getting requests for commissions for Christmas Presents starting in September, but as I am away for a good portion of next month, and then using the other part of the month to prep the garden for winter and get pieces ready for a show in Edmonton and teaching a few workshops at the Paint Spot, I figured it would be better schedule wise for myself to begin this endeavor in October.
There are a few logistical things. I am limiting the size options of the commissions to minimize trips back and forth between Edmonton and Vermilion as I still get my art supplies in Edmonton. The cut-off date for accepting these commissions is November 30th because I will be mailing the paintings out and if they are a gift for someone for Christmas, I need to leave extra time for Canada Post to deliver the paintings because Christmas time is an insane time for mail.
The size options for the PETraits are as follows:
8x8 $135 + GST
10x10 $210 + GST
12x12 $300 + GST
14x14 $410 + GST
16x16 $540 + GST
There will be a flat rate of $15 for shipping.
The PETraits will be painted on wood panel. You can get a colored background or I can leave the wood grain visible. It's up to you.
I usually anthropomorphize the PETraits (put the animal in an article of clothing like a shirt, jacket, etc., something that is easily visible from around the chest up). PETraits are usually a 'bust portrait', but if you have a full body photo of your pet that you are super keen on, I can make that work too.
If you have trouble deciding which photo you want painted, you can send me up to 3 photos and I will pick my favorite.
A 30% non-refundable deposit is needed for me to start your PETrait. Payment in full is required before I will package your PETrait and send it to you.
I'm hoping to get inundated with PETraits during October and November. Please share this with anyone you think might be interested in having a rad portrait of their pet painted and who would like to contribute to the running costs of SCARS.
If you would like to see other examples of PETraits I've done, there is a specific gallery titled 'PETraits' on this website.