Back to Canines: 4 New Dog Portraits

Posted on May 3, 2016
In the studio with the 4 portrait line up

In the studio with the 4 portrait line up

What does an former dog portrait artist say when she’s asked to create custom dog paintings for a restaurant?

She says yes!

Especially when 1.) the client happens to be awesome, 2.) I get to paint from fantastic images by renowned pet photographer Amanda Jones, and 3.) the request is for multiple, large-format paintings…so it’s like creating a mini body of work.

I’ve also always wanted to do custom work for a restaurant. And on a personal note, it turned out that my client, Jennifer, went to the exact high school I would have gone to had my family stayed in Michigan and not moved to California the summer before I hit 9th grade.

What are the odds?

Needless to say, I jumped at the chance when the opportunity came my way.

Here are the four portraits, with some detailed pics to give you a sense of their size…

Portrait #1: “Roo”

"Roo" | 2016 | 58in x 48in | Acrylic on canvas

“Roo” | 2016 | 58in x 48in | Acrylic on canvas |

Detail of "Roo" |

Detail of “Roo” |

Super close-up eye detail of "Roo" |

Super close-up eye detail of “Roo” |

Portrait #2: “Dixie”

"Dixie" (Black Labrador) | 2016 | 58in x 48in | Acrylic on canvas |

“Dixie” (Black Labrador) | 2016 | 58in x 48in | Acrylic on canvas |

Face detail of "Dixie" (Black Labrador) |

Face detail of “Dixie” (Black Labrador) |

Eye detail of "Dixie" (Black Labrador) |

Eye detail of “Dixie” (Black Labrador) |

Portrait #3: “Emma”

"Emma" (Rhodesian Ridgeback) | 2016 | Acrylic on canvas |

“Emma” (Rhodesian Ridgeback) | 2016 | 52in x 45in | Acrylic on canvas |

Detail of "Emma" (Rhodesian Ridgeback) |

Detail of “Emma” (Rhodesian Ridgeback) |

Super close-up eye detail of "Emma" (Rhodesian Ridgeback) |

Super close-up eye detail of “Emma” (Rhodesian Ridgeback) |

And portrait #4: “Spike”

"Spike" (Boston Terrier) | 2016 | 52in x 45in | Acrylic on canvas |

“Spike” (Boston Terrier) | 2016 | 52in x 45in | Acrylic on canvas |

Detail of "Spike" (Boston Terrier) |

Detail of “Spike” (Boston Terrier) |

Super close-up eye detail of "Spike" |

Super close-up eye detail of “Spike” |

Once the pieces were completed, off they went to Michigan in a giant 218lb crate…

All my work goes safely or it doesn't go at all

All my work goes safely or it doesn’t go at all

Here’s what my client had to say when the paintings finally landed safely in Michigan…

Aimée – OMG My sister just called. She said that the portraits EXCEEDED everyone’s expectations! And that they instantly transformed the vibe of the restaurant! I think the sizes are perfect and the amount of “color” is just right. I will send more pics as I receive them. SO relieved and actually a bit emotional that your outstanding work is such an obvious success for the restaurant. Your work is done here, but it will be living strong in Michigan!!!! Thank you, thank you again. – Jennifer

I hope to get the chance to paint more work for restaurants as the experience was so great all around.

In the meantime, if you find yourself in Michigan you can check out the pieces in person at Tucker’s of Northport (Northport, MI).

Thanks for your support & interest in my work, and have a great week…

Portrait line up in the new studio


Experimenting: Paintings on Mylar

Posted on April 27, 2016

Been fooling around with (tiny) Mylar “sketches.” Here’s some recent subjects…

Polar Bear detail:  9" x 12" | Acrylic on Mylar

Polar Bear detail: 9″ x 12″ | Acrylic on Mylar

Polar Bear sketch:  9" x 12" | Acrylic on Mylar

Polar Bear sketch: 9″ x 12″ | Acrylic on Mylar

Goat sketch: 9" x 12" | Acrylic on Mylar

Goat sketch: 9″ x 12″ | Acrylic on Mylar

Goat sketch on Mylar:  9" x 12" | Acrylic on Mylar

Goat sketch on Mylar: 9″ x 12″ | Acrylic on Mylar



Art Opening: The New Animal History Museum

Posted on March 22, 2016

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Happy Spring everyone –

I’m excited to announce that I’m one of 12 artists asked to participate in the opening of the new Animal History Museum in Burbank, CA!

The Animal History Museum is the first of it’s kind, and is dedicated to understanding and celebrating the animal-human bond. Needless to say, I’m truly honored to be a part its premiere exhibition.

This is the first time in about two decades that my paintings will hang on actual physical gallery walls for people to view in person. It’s hard to express how giddy this makes me as an artist. Except to say that there may have been a few cartwheels in the studio.

It should be a really fun weekend filled with fellow animal-loving folks and great art. The exhibition is free and open to the public…and 50% of gallery sale proceeds goes directly to the AHM. Here’s a sample of some work:

sample artists work

I’ll be at the opening Friday, April 8th from 5-9pm…come say hello!

Thanks as always for your interest in my work & hope to see you there…

“Live From Burbank!”
The Premiere Art Exhibition benefitting the Animal History Museum

April 8th & 9th, 5-9pm

Animal History Museum
Burbank Town Center
201 East Magnolia Boulevard
Suite 296
Burbank, CA 91502

Parking is free. There are many parking structures but the closest one to the event is the West Garage:
– Park in the West Garage off First Street
– Go up to 3rd level (for Sears)
– Cross ramp into the mall
– You’ll see the AHM space right across from the entrance
Click here to see parking map
Burbank Town Center website

AHM’s Facebook page

Facebook Event Page

To view a sampling of participating artists’ work, please visit Art Curator Chuck Wolf’s website



Cover Art

Posted on March 1, 2016


This week I’m honored to have my 2012 painting, “Goat” featured on the March 2016 cover of the Mission Village Voice. Past cover artists have included the fantastically talented Adonna Khare and Mike Stilkey, so I’m thrilled to be in such great company.

Goat happened to mark such a turning point in my career (story here if you missed it), I loved that cover art curator chose that particular piece to share with her readers.

They also included a nice little write-up on page 7 and a couple photos, including me and a camera shy sheep named Aengus.

aimee MVV cover story page7 2016

You can read the entire piece online by clicking here

Big thanks to Carla and Mission Village Voice for including me in their March 2016 issue!

And thanks for reading,


Studio Moving Sale: Feb 19th – 26th

Posted on February 22, 2016

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(Go right to the Available Paintings list)

When I had my moving sale last August, my friend Rob asked me, “So, is this like a furniture store, where you’re perpetually moving and having sales?”

Well, touché, my smart-ass friend! While Rob frequently medals in the Sarcasm Olympics (one of the reasons we get along), he actually wasn’t too far off…

I was supposed to move studios last September, since my building was (allegedly) meeting with a wrecking ball. But, as it turns out, if you’re trying to level commercial complexes in order to build condos in quaint Redondo Beach, you can expect your permits to be tied up in the city for “a bit.”

So I had a big moving sale, then surprisingly got to stay put for another six months. But next month, I’m truly getting the boot, the wrecking ball is indeed coming, and I’m on the hunt for a new studio.

While I was sad at first to finally leave my current painting digs, finding this studio in the first place ended up being a total game changer for me as an artist. It inspired the creation of 41 paintings in a single year:

Work from 2015

Work from 2015

That is about three to four times what I would normally produce in 365 days. So now I’m incredibly excited about what my next space will bring.

But before I pack up..

I’m offering my current inventory of work at up to 70% off until noon (CA time) on Friday, February 26th. I’m also throwing in free shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S.

For a current list of available work included in the sale, along with size and pricing info, please click here.

I’ll be doing my best to keep the list as updated as possible during the next week. But it’s probably not a bad idea to email me directly if you are interested in a specific painting just to make sure it’s available.

And if you are local, you are always welcome to view work at the studio. Just shoot me an email to schedule an appointment. And please feel free to contact with any questions or comments—sale related or not.

Thanks for your interest in my work, and look forward to hearing from you.

(And for the record, Rob bought a big painting so all his sarcasm is forgiven. At least until my next moving sale.)