Hunk the Basset Hound custom hand drawn portrait - featured

Custom Basset Hound portrait

“Hunk” 8×10 colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache on watercolor paper I had a few projects come up toward the end of the summer that kept be really busy with non-landscape painting — including this custom portrait drawing of Hunk the Basset Hound. I fell head-over-heels for Hunk! The way his mom described his personality as an irresistibly lovable tyrant definitely reminded me of our own dogs. And I was particularly smitten with his long hound face and ears because of our Dachshund, Bosco. Hunk’s mom provided the idea for the tilted crown (inspired by a Biggie Smalls photo with the…

Dog portrait drawing of Sparky the playful Australian Shepherd-Border Collie mix

I got a nice surprise when Meredith reached out to me to see if I’d like to work on a portrait of her dad’s dog. She loved the one her husband had commissioned me to do of their own dog, Ross, and wanted to give her dad the portrait for his upcoming birthday. Sparky is a playful Australian Shepherd-Border Collie mix who knows lots of tricks that his dad taught him. Meredith wanted to explore a Western cowboy theme, which I thought sounded like a lot of fun! I provided a few concepts for her to choose from, and she…

Tribute to our special cat

Last July, not long after moving to North Carolina, a stylist from Country Living Magazine reached out to me on Etsy. She was looking for unique items for a special pet feature they were creating for the October 2018 issue and was interested in working with me to secure one of my hand drawn custom pet portraits. The deadline was tight, but I was able to make it work — I was over the moon at the opportunity to be featured in a magazine! And I thought it was particularly nice that it was Country Living, given I had just moved…

Oil portrait of my favorite Morkie

Sometimes when I really want to do a good job with something, I can put off starting it to avoid potential failure. This is something I’ve been actively working through on this blog and with the assignments I give myself. I am aware mentally that failure is a perfectly OK outcome — especially with something like making art, where the consequences are purely psychological — but that doesn’t magically remove the block for me. So when I do venture into something new and it goes well, my general reaction is “Why did I delay this for so long?!” This was…

Changes to Oxford Dogma

Pivot: embracing growth, adaptation, and change In 2015 when I created Oxford Dogma, I was focused on designing and sewing accessories for dogs rooted in classic style and that solved problems for dog parents. It has been a remarkable experience for me! Getting to know people through a mutual love of our dogs is wonderful and knowing I’m helping them fulfill their desire to be good pet parents is so rewarding. As I worked on building the business, I quite naturally added in some portrait projects. First as gifts for friends who supported me in tremendous ways, and then as…