Artist Comments: My husband and I both love animals. We always rescue abandoned pets that God places in our path. We live in the country and unwanted pets are often left at our place. We take them in, clean them up, feed them, get them medical attention if they need it, and find them new loving homes. Dogs are such loving and loyal creatures, and it just breaks my heart when they end up as “throw-a-away” pets. Sandy, a yellow lab, was one of those unfortunate dogs who found her way to our door. We took her in too. Only this time, we adopted her for a family pet. We now have five dogs and three cats, and we love every one of them as part of our family.
When I was commissioned to do this dog portrait of a black lab, a beloved pet named Frank, I was delighted. Frank was a family dog that passed away awhile back and his family still missed him. The portrait was done from a favorite photo of him so I kept the painting as close to the photograph as I could. The painting was to be a surprise gift to my client’s wife for Mother’s Day. It was a my pleasure to do this painting for a fellow dog lover.
Size: 24″ x 18″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: A snow painting of a hiker scaling up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. This painting was commissioned by an art collector in New Jersey. It did not require framing as the painting extended around the edges of the canvas.
Commissions: This particular painting was a commission, however, if you desire to have a similar one painted for you contact us. For more information on how to commission a painting select Art Commissions Info.
Artist Comments: This was a commission painting done for a client who had hiked up Mt. Kilimanjaro one year. The client supplied the photo from her trip for this painting. Since this was a memorable trip for my client, I kept the painting as close to the photograph as possible. My client loved the finished painting and proudly displays it in her living room where it receives many favorable comments from her guests.
About Mt. Kilimanjaro
Located in Tanzania Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro is actually a dormant volcano and also happens to be the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet above sea level. Its three volcanic cones are named Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. It isn’t certain where the name Kilimanjaro originates from, but there are several theories about that. A few possible meanings could be Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness, or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not be any of these.
This mountain is a popular attraction for hikers and mountain climbers from all over the globe. Some estimate that more people have died trekking up Mt. Kilimanjaro than Mount Everest. However, it needs to be pointed out that Everest is attempted by significantly fewer climbers than Kilimanjaro.
Size: 9″ x 12″ Support: Stretched canvas Description: An oil painting of a famous Israeli garden visited by many every year. It depicts the Garden Tomb at Gethsemane.
Artist Comments: This painting of a rock-cut tomb situated in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, and is one of my personal favorites. This famous Israeli location is believed by many Christians to be the burial and resurrection place of Jesus Christ after His crucifixion at Golgotha, the place of the skull. Being a devout Christian, this particular painting has a lot of personal meaning for me. It is one of two I painted of this famous travel place. The other painting is called The Garden Tomb at Sunset.
The Burial and Resurrection of Jesus the Christ
“As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.” Matthew 27:57-60
“He is not here: for He is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:6
Artist Comments: God is a very big part of my life. I felt inspired to do some paintings which contain an inspirational message and this painting is one of those. It depicts the bread and wine of communion and has special meaning to me.
Artist Comments: This painting is of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. This little fishing village surrounds a narrow ocean inlet which provides safe haven for boats during the Atlantic’s rough weather. It is one of the most popular tourist stops in Nova Scotia and is considered the most photographed location in all of Canada. This painting is part of the Peggy’s Cove Series.
Size: 18″ x 18″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: A close-up depiction of the Magnolia Grandiflora blossom. The painted image extends around the edges of the canvas and therefore, does not require a frame.
SOLD: This particular painting sold to a private art collector in Georgia, however, if you would like a similar one of your own, contact us. For more information on how to commission a painting: Art Commissions Info.
Artist Comments: This painting is of the Magnolia Grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay. These large, showy flowers grow on trees native to East Texas, in addition to several other southern and southeastern states. The trees have large, glossy leaves and huge, fragrant white blossoms. Their sweet-smelling blossoms are considered an emblem of feminine sweetness and beauty.
Magnolias are often a favorite subject matter for many artists. They are certainly a favorite flower of mine. I was drawn to the way the light hit this Magnolia’s pedals and immediately knew I wanted to do a painting of this magnificent flower.
Some Interesting Things to Know About Magnolias
After planting, it can sometimes take up to 10 years for a Magnolia tree to bloom.
Magnolias bloom from April to June.
Southern Magnolia blossoms grow between 8 and 12 inches.
Magnolia blossoms grow at the end of the tree’s branches.
The fragrance of the Magnolia flower has pleasant scent that resembles the smell of tropical fruit.
The dense foliage and shallow roots make it very difficult to grow grass under its shade.
Its root system will crack sidewalks and pavements if planted too close to them.
Magnolia trees require plenty of space as they can grow up to 40 ft. wide and 80 ft. tall.
Both Louisiana and Mississippi claim the Magnolia as their official state flower.
Size: 18″ x 24″ Support: Stretched canvas Description: A realistic painting of an African bull elephant. This painting sold to a private art collector in North Carolina.
Artist Comments: As an artist I’m always looking for good reference photos to paint from. Taking lots of photos myself is one way I get them. Others like to give me their photos to use as well. Using resources like this to paint from is something many artists do when they paint. Other artists like to paint on location, but will still take a photo of the scenery to take home with them. They use them to finish up their painting when they are back in their studio.
Several years ago some acquaintances of mine went on an African safari. While there, they snapped a photo of this elephant and emailed it to me. They thought I might like to use it as a resource photo for a painting. And they were right! I liked it so much I did this painting from it.
Some Interesting Facts About African Elephants
African elephants are native to Africa. They are characterized by having enormous flapping ears and ivory tusks. These magnificent creatures are the largest living land animal. Being hunted for their ivory tusks and their shrinking natural habitat have proven instrumental in these animals being placed on the endangered species list. Indeed, they are one of the most endangered species in all of Africa. In the 1980’s there were around 1 million African elephants roaming the plains of Africa, today the total population is less than 470,000.
Artist Comments: Fishing is a popular recreation for those lucky enough to find the time to fish for the “big one.” I don’t particularly like to fish myself, but I have several friends who do enjoy this sport. I found this particular marine life painting an interesting subject to paint.
Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Virginia.
Artist Comments: This rustic oil painting is another example of a non-traditional still life. It is a composition utilizing horse tack hanging on an old barn door. A still life doesn’t always have to be a traditional type using flowers, fruit or figurines, it can be composed of any inanimate object.
Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Illinois.
Artist Comments: The Grand Teton Mountains is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the U.S. Located in northwestern Wyoming, this mountain range is the central feature of Grand Teton National Park. Several years ago I had opportunity to visit this park and was awed by the stunning mountain scenery.