I live outside of Philadelphia in a "restoring" 1920s bungalow and my studio is on my second floor among the sycamore leaves! My studio pal is Sarge, a brindle boxer who goes just about everywhere we go.
I work outdoors in my garden as much as I can.
I began specializing in pet portraits over 14 years ago, when my newborn nephew came home from the hospital and I looked over and saw their boxer, Brutus, pouting on a chair while we oooohed and ahhhhhed over the human baby! I snapped his photo, but you know how it is, there was baby stuff in the background and a glass of iced tea on the table in front of him, stealing the show. So...I tried my hand at turning Brutus into a real piece of art with colored pencils and was hooked! Here he is!
|Boxer Dog in Colored Pencil|
Brutus brought me my very first commissions 13 years ago and now my portraits are in homes and offices all over the world. I still love to work in professional grade colored pencil, I just love the lush colors and fabulous detail I get with them. But most of my portraits are painted with oil paints on canvas these days, a slightly loser look. I also paint humans and houses!
|Custom Dog Oil Painting on Beach|
Last year, I started doing house portraits and have enjoyed that even more than I dreamed!
When I can, I enjoy taking a class, one of my favorites is at Fleischer Art Memorial in Philadelphia! I also love visiting art museums and galleries, I recently enjoyed my first ever vist to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
|At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York|
I've won local awards, have my work in a permanent collection in a university But my favorite honor is being chosen to paint or draw your pet or kid...or anything else that strikes your fancy...boat, car, vacation spot, home?
I can provide a ton of references if you need them! And if you have any questions, please just ask!
Email or call me at 610-220-8053! Robin