Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Countdown begins

One month until the 2011 Paws For Charity Art Book Project starts taking submissions!
Read what some of the 2010 participants thought about this year's project:

Kerry Ould ( "The thing that struck me most about my participation in the 2010 project, was how so many animal-loving artists were able to come together to support a common goal of supporting the fight against cancer with some truly amazing artwork. I was personally thrilled to be able to donate my images, and honoured to be included among such talent."

Angie Ketelhut ( "To be able to contribute to such an amazing book project was a beautiful opportunity to combine two loves of my lives~pets & art~ to benefit a wonderful cause. This disease affects the lives of so many and only by supporting this cause together can we make a step closer to finding a cure."

Debbie Virgin Shook, (, "I am honored to be a part of this project that highlights our incredible relationship and fondness for animals, while raising money for a cause near and dear to my heart. The beautiful books make lovely heartfelt gifts filled with love and true meaning. I look forward to the potential of being a part of the book again next year!"

Melissa Langer ( "I was truly honored to be involved in the Paws for Charity 2010 Art Book. Coming together with such talented artists to raise funds for Breast Cancer research is the most important and rewarding way to share my art with others."

Tianna Fisher ( "I am honored to be a part of this project. I think it is a worthwhile cause that deserves all the support it can get. Many of my friends and family have been directly affected by breast cancer and it is something to be taken seriously. I am grateful for projects like this and dedicated people like Sara to help us move forward in breast cancer research. Paws For Charity deserves many more happy years to

Nancy Schutt ( "You produced a beautiful book that truly shows the joy and love one receives when sharing life with animals. Our pets truly are beloved family members and the images are all about that. It's fun to flip through the book and explore the different ways that artists see and portray the animals they treasure, and it's an honor to have been a part of it."

Heather T (, "When I received your email, accepting one of my photos for your book, I was so extremely honored. For me, it was so much more than just getting my photo in a published book; it really dug deep, knowing that something so special to us could touch others and bring hope into areas of darkness. I was able to witness, first hand, the changes that a woman lives with as she battles breast cancer. To know that the profit's from this 2010 book went to the Avon Foundation for women with breast cancer really put an exclamation point on my excitement."

Jan Swan ( "It was wonderful to combine my love of animal photography with such a worthy cause and in such high quality publications. I thoroughly enjoyed everyone's art and photography and liked learning about each artist."

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Cards

The perfect Christmas card for Aussie lovers...Spring's Coming? by Diane Schuller ( Cards are available for purchase in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop. Shipping is included in the price, and all proceeds are donated to breast cancer charity.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chilly Dogs - Top MomPreneur 2010

Congratulations to Julie Kelly, owner/founder of Chilly Dogs and co-founder of Paws For Charity. Julie has been selected as one of the top 50 MomPreneurs for 2010! "I've been so fortunate to be able to stay home with my family and at the same time pursue my personal dreams. I could not be were I am today without the support and love of my husband, family and friends. THANK YOU! " - Julie

Congratulations Julie!

Friday, November 12, 2010


Pet Country Magazine published some information about our project in their summer issue. A copy was sent to me by Penelope Kuhn ( . Thanks Penelope!

Friday, November 5, 2010

25% off coupon

Blurb is offering special discounts from now until November 18th. For 25% off your Paws For Charity Art Book order, use the following codes at checkout:

USD $ coupon code: SPECIAL
GBP £ coupon code: SPECIAL1
EUR € coupon code: SPECIAL2
CAD $ coupon code: SPECIAL3
AUD $ coupon code: SPECIAL4

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Etsy Treasury: Melanie Hughes

"Three's Company" by Melanie Hughes ( has been featured in the "Soup?!?" Treasury on Etsy.
You can purchase blank, high quality greeting cards with the "Three's Company" image in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop. Printing costs were paid by Melanie, so that means that the full purchase price (less shipping) is donated to breast cancer charity!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Please help us get a grant

The 2011 Paws For Charity Art Book Project has applied for a Pepsi Refresh Grant. The first stage is complete, and our project has been approved for the voting phase.

Unfortunately, this is a popularity contest and the next stage is a two month voting period. I am asking for your help to vote our idea to the number one spot. I have applied for a $10,000 grant to help fund the printing of books, posters, cards, calendars, and promotional materials for our 2011 Art Book Project.

By printing our own products (instead of using online on demand printing services), we will reduce the cost of the products and therefore increase the amount we donate to charity. (our project does not have administration costs. Every penny we earn in profits is donated to charity).
If you can, please vote daily until December 31st:

Please help get the word out with facebook/twitter/blogging....we need all the help we can get!

Thanks for anything you do.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Urban Dog Photog Sue Bird

Urban Dog Photog Sue Bird is one of the Paws For Charity founders. She is an awesome photographer, and I am so happy that she was involved with our 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book Project. Sue has lots going on these days.

To view a terrific video about Sue, the Urban Dog Photog, produced by Brigitte Bouvier - click on this link.
(be patient to get past the 17 second advertisement).

One of Sue's photos has been chosen as the cover photo for the 2011 Annual Dogs In Canada magazine:Congrats Sue!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sara Harley

Sara Harley

Sara Harley started Paws For Charity in 2006, while owner of a dog biscuit company. With the help of many people along the way, she has raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer charity. Sara enjoys photography, painting, and creating glass “window art”. But her biggest joy is spending time exploring the oceanside province of Nova Scotia with her life partner and husband John, and her dogs Mulligan and Cassie.

"Phantom" is featured on page 71 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. This photo is Sara’s tribute to Phantom, who spent 17 years with the family, but recently joined family dogs Bailey and Cinder across the Rainbow Bridge.

“I started the Paws For Charity Art Book project in 2009 to combine two of my passions...raising funds for breast cancer charity (my mom died of breast cancer when I was 21)...and my love of animals. Animals bring us such great joy, in good times and bad. I created this book to celebrate our bond with our pets, and to raise funds for an important cause.” - Sara

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dan Felstead

Dan Felstead
Dan Felstead began his photography journey while in college in the early 1970's. From time to time over the years he has supplemented income through various freelance venues. The inspiration and therapy he enjoys from transferring what he sees in his mind’s eye to the final image is the reason that he still enjoys practicing the art of photography 35 years later.

Dan's photograph "Scooter" is featured on page 46 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. "Scooter" is also available on blank, high quality greeting cards in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop. The full purchase price (less shipping) of these cards is donated to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade.
“I am honored to be a contributor in both Paws for Charity Art Books, a great way to help contribute to Breast Cancer research. Any contribution I can make, no matter how small, will hopefully put us one step closer to closing this chapter once and for all.” - Dan

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rochele Cassidy

Rochele Cassidy

Rochele Cassidy is originally from Newark, DE and is a California University of PA graduate with a BS in Graphic Communications. She worked in screen printing for 4 years and left the industry to be a stay at home mom. After 10 years of not working, while always keeping her hobby of photography, she started second-shooting at weddings on the weekends. After 3 years of second shooting, she decided to go out on her own and start her own wedding and portrait photography business located in Coatesville, PA. She loves her job!

Rochele's photo "Magoo" is featured on page 50 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. "Magoo" is also available on blank, high quality greeting cards in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop. All proceeds from the sale of these cards (less shipping) are donated to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade.
Rochele's also photographed Lori, one of the breast cancer survivors featured in the 2010 Art Book.
“I am happy to be involved with this project as I feel great satisfaction when I can give back through my work. I always hope to bring a smile to someone’s face, or spark an emotion, through my photographs.” - Ro

Monday, October 18, 2010

Etsy Treasury: Sue Collins

"Lovely Lily" by Sue Collins ( has been featured in the "Art For Good" Etsy Treasury.
You can purchase blank, high quality greeting cards featuring "Lovely Lily" in our Paws For Charity Etsy Shop. The full purchase price (less shipping) from the sale of these cards is donated to breast cancer charity.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Linda O'Neill

Linda O'Neill

Linda O'Neill started painting dogs out of love for her own rescue dog, Abby, that she and her husband adopted and adored. Linda received her BFA degree in Printmaking in 1993. Since then she has pursued her career in fine art, developing her style in acrylic paint that flows through her many creative outlets. Her paintings are marked by a bold use of color, shapes and patterns while maintaining a careful and truthful representation of the animals and natural subjects of her work.

Linda's painting "Atticus" is one of three paintings featured on page 25 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.“It's a privilege to be involved in this book project. I have seen how the healing power of animals has helped those suffering from cancer. I think since our animals love us unconditionally...they would be the first in line to help raise money for cancer charity.” - Linda

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Blenda Tyvoll

Blenda Tyvoll

Blenda Tyvoll is an expressive artist who paints in a variety of mediums which help to convey her vibrant inner spirit. She studied art and design at Marylhurst University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Blenda is an award winning and published artist, an active member and recent past treasurer of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She continues her artistic journey as a full time artist, and her paintings have been purchased by collectors worldwide. Blenda lives in Oregon, USA with her husband, Joe, a dog Zippy, two cats and three horses.

This is Blenda's second year participating in the Paws For Charity Art Project. Her painting "Puppy Love" is featured on page 45 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. “Paws for Charity brings attention to the importance of a pet's role in bringing comfort, love and companionship to women faced with breast cancer. Pets are often the glue that binds a family together. When I paint people together with their pets, I strive to capture the strong emotional bond between them in the most expressive way imaginable.” - Blenda

Friday, October 8, 2010

Kimberly Owen

Kimberly Owen

Kimberly Owen is a wife and mom and lives in a small town in Virginia. In addition to her two children she has four really furry ones! (2cats, 2 dogs). Kimberly works mostly in mixed media art but she has a passion for many different mediums. She loves making dolls and she reads just about anything she can get her hands on!

This is Kimberly's second year with the Paws For Charity Art Book Project. "Belonging" is featured on page 70 of the 2010 Art Book. "Belonging" is also available on blank, high quality greeting cards in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop.
“I'm proud to be involved with Paws For Charity because I think it's a unique and wonderful way to raise funds for a cancer charity. Cancer charity is important to me because my grandmother battled breast cancer and I currently have friends in my life that are battling this disease right now.” - Kimberly

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Etsy Treasury: Love English Bull Terriers

Melissa McDaniel's ( "Clover" greeting card has been featured in the "Love English Bull Terriers" treasury on Etsy.
You can purchase Paws For Charity greeting cards in our Etsy Shop. The printing costs were paid by the artists...that means the full purchase price (less shipping costs) are donated to breast cancer charity.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pat Nadarajah

Pat Nadarajah

Pat Nadarajah is a self taught artist who currently draws and paints wildlife and pet portraits. She lives with her husband, two daughters and three border collies. She has always had a love for animals. Growing up, there was always one or two cats in the household.

Pat began drawing when she was old enough to hold a crayon. It wasn’t until four years ago that she decided to get serious about drawing again. Balancing a full time job, family, and many activities, she finds drawing relaxing.

This is Pat's second year with the Paws For Charity Art Book Project. "Rem" is one of two paintings featured in the 2010 Art Book.
“I like my paintings to capture the animal's personality and I strive to achieve that with every work. Although this project is to support breast cancer I would like to think that advances in any cancer research would benefit all cancer research. My father died of bone cancer and never got to see any of my paintings, this is in memory of a gifted artist, my Dad.” - Pat

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Etsy Treasury: Nancy MacDonald

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and one of our cards has been featured in the October Awareness Etsy Treasury.

"Juno" by Nancy MacDonald ( has been featured. Juno is getting to be quite famous...I think this is the 3rd or 4th treasury for Nancy's blue eyed beauty. You can purchase blank, high quality greeting cards in our Paws For Charity Etsy Shop. Remember, the artists paid for the printing of the cards so 100% of the price of the card is donated to breast cancer charity.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Melanie Hughes

Melanie Hughes

Melanie Hughes is an amateur photographer who lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, two dogs and a cat. Except for a black and white photography class in college, she is self-taught and loves taking photos of nature, wildlife, architecture and especially her pets.

She loves spending time on creative activities and when she’s not taking photos, elanie is usually either sewing, knitting or working on her house. Aside from her creative activities, she loves spending time outside enjoying the fresh air by going for walks with her dogs, working in her yard or hiking at local parks.

This is Melanie's second year with the Paws For Charity Art Book Project. Her photo "Three's Company" is featured on page 53 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. This image is also available on blank, high quality greeting cards in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop.
“Like so many others, I have been affected by women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This is an issue that still needs a lot of attention and funding. Paws For Charity is a great project that combines two things that are close to my heart.” - Melanie

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Etsy Treasury: Melissa McDaniel

"Clover, Deaf Bull Terrier" by Melissa McDaniel ( has been featured in an Etsy Treasury! Melissa's photo is available on high quality, blank greeting cards in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop.

Kerry Ould: Etsy Treasury

"Faithful Friends" by Kerry Ould ( has been featured in another Etsy Treasury. "Faithful Friends" is available on high quality, blank greeting cards and can be purchased in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Kecia Deveney

Kecia Deveney

Originally from California, Kecia Deveney is a mixed media/jewelry artist and amateur photographer, who now resides at the Jersey Shore. Drawing inspiration from her life experiences as the mother of a severely disabled child, she channels that energy into learning and creating art. Experimenting with “reclaimed discardia” results in many unique pieces of storytelling art.

Kecia has participated in both years of our Art Book Project. "Pretty As A Present" is featured on page 30 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
“In my art, I am inspired by vintage items and flea markets. I find it challenging to recycle these older items into something new, exciting and interesting. I especially love it when people say that they found something hidden and meaningful in my work.” - Kecia

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

2011 Calendars are ready!!

Calendars can be previewed and/or ordered at this link:

Calendar Cover:
I have received my test copy of the 2011 Paws For Charity calendar and it is fantastic! Packed with 72 images of dogs and cats supplied by photographers and artists around the world, and all proceeds from calendar sales go directly to The Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, a registered charity with programs in over 50 countries. This charity also carries the Humane Charity Seal of Approval.

January:Following the recommendations of a couple of our participants, I created the calendars on The quality of the printing and the paper is top notch....very heavy duty paper (100 #) with a glossy type finish. The quality is so much better than the company I have used in the past to create my own calendars that I'm switching to Lulu for my photo calendars this year.

I also chose to produce the calendars because they print calendars "on demand". This means that the calendars get printed as they are ordered, and we don't have any worries about unsold (and unpaid for!) calendars. Lulu looks after the printing and the shipping....and they will be sending all the proceeds directly to the charity (Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade).

Calendars can be previewed and/or ordered at this link:

If you purchase before September 30th, you can get 20% off by using this code: FALLPHOTO (you must sign in to Lulu to get this discount)
I believe there are also discounts when you order more than one calendar.

Let me know what you think of the calendars...this is the first year that Paws For Charity has created one.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Lynn Hanousek

Lynn Hanousek

Lynn Hanousek is a pastor, teacher and artist living in New York City with her husband, Bill. They travel the world together as their hobby and share their lives with a delightful assortment of kiddies and kitties. Lynn supports a number of animal charities through her Etsy shop.

"Kitties In Love" is featured on page 68 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.

Information from Lynn's etsy shop:We are very happy to announce that we have received permission to be an official part of the clean up effort in the gulf through the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program (LMMSTRP). Audubon Nature Institute is the coordinator of LMMSTRP. Audubon holds the Louisiana state permit to rescue, rehabilitate and release marine mammals and sea turtles. Because the animals cannot be released back into their native habitat, they must be housed until the Gulf is safe for release. The rescue and rehabilitation of each sea turtle is estimated at $5,000 for equipment, supplies, medication and veterinary staff time.

50% of the purchase price of all "Matthew an Me Turtle" paintings will be donated to this cause.

50 % of the other sales in our shop will help support Etsy for Animals' charity of the month. EFA's September Charity of the Month is Defenders of Wildlife

“Companion animals are near and dear to my heart. That's why I'm thrilled to be a part of this project. Over the years we have provided forever homes for a variety of cats who have out lived their humans.” - Lynn

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sue Collins

Sue Collins

Sue Collins began her artist's pathway four short years ago at the age of 42. She lives in West Sussex and is currently in the second year of a Fine Art Degree. As well as a dog, two cats and quite a few fish, Sue has three children ranging from 12 to 19 years old. Consequently much of Sue's work is based on family life. Her main interests lie in photography, painting and printmaking.

Sue's photograph entitled "Lovely Lily" is featured on page 66 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. "Lovely Lily" is also available on high quality, blank greeting cards. You can purchase them in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop.

“I am absolutely delighted to be involved in this year's Paws for Charity Art Book. Avon Breast Cancer Crusade not only raises funds and awareness for breast cancer but also focuses on the medically underserved. Thank you for letting me participate.” - Sue

Friday, September 10, 2010

Susan Black

Susan Black

Susan Black is a self employed designer/ illustrator/ photographer living a happy and very creative life in the tiny Nova Scotia seaside village of Pugwash. She lives in a big old brick fixer upper house which is surrounded by a huge lush and tangled garden/yard and she has a view of the harbour. She loves animals and nature and she shares her home with three cats - Bleet, Oliver & Gus and two terrier mixes - Miss D (Winnie Dixon) and Piper Belle. She has a blog - where she posts photographs and/or illustrations daily. She is always interested in freelance work and/or custom pieces. Please contact Susan at

The photograph "Winnie Dixon" by Susan is featured on page 65 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.

"I carry my camera (an 8 year old Olympus Camedia C-5050) with me always and I enjoy most documenting daily life - my home, my family of animals, my tangled garden and the scenes and vignettes I find out and about on my twice daily jaunts, with Winnie & Piper, around our little village by the sea. I am crazy about animals and nature and I keep a visual journal of this amazing life of mine at my blog Winnie and I are thrilled to be a part of this fantastic fundraiser." - Susan

Monday, September 6, 2010

Kate Green

Kate Green

Kate Green began painting dogs after finding a dog starving to death on a country road. So saddened that anyone could allow this to happen to such a beautiful animal, a painting seemed a suitable way to honour Pepper - now one of Kate's own very loved dogs. Kate began painting commissioned paintings in 2006, mainly of dogs, and has now completed over 150 dog portraits. Kate's commissioned work also includes portraits of horses and people. She also paints non-commissioned work of domestic and wild animals, nests and the natural world.

Kate's painting "Pepper" is featured on page 63 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. “All animals, but particularly dogs, give me so much joy. To paint them and share my love of these wonderful beings with the people who see my work is a great honour.” - Kate

Saturday, September 4, 2010

2011 Calendar - coming soon!

The 2011 Paws For Charity wall calendar will be available for ordering soon! A great Christmas gift...and 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade. A big thank you to all the talented artists and photographers who have generously donated their artwork for this project. All the 2010 Art Book Project participants are listed on our sidebar. Please visit them and thank them for their generosity!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Shelagh Duffett

Shelagh Duffett
Shelagh's Blog

Shelagh Duffett live in salty Nova Scotia by the sea. Her big tabby cat Monty keeps her company while she creates her whimsical paintings. Widely collected, her art can be found in all four corners of the globe.

This adorable painting is one of three images featured on page 48 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
“Though my art, I wish to create comfort for the soul....similar to sitting in a cozy armchair when tired, seeing the sun shine after the rain and greeting an old friend. I want to add colour and cheer to the world.” - Shelagh

Monday, August 30, 2010

Rachel Parker

Rachel Parker

Rachel Parker is a self taught artist who works mainly in watercolors. As a child, she was raised going to art lessons and watching her mother paint. She has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil, and began painting in 2000.

Her motivation for creating is to capture what may otherwise go unnoticed, to reveal the beauty in simple moments and animals. Making an image come alive on the paper is her inspiration. Rachel has sold her work nationally and internationally through and has completed over one hundred commissions. She paints at night and during weekends and works full time as a school social worker.

Rachel has participated in both years of our Art Book Project. "Slumber" is featured on page 28 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. “I have had many friends and family affected by cancer, so this is an issue near and dear to my heart. I hope my participation in this project will help raise awareness and money for those affected.” - Rachel

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Amanda Pampena

Amanda Pampena

Amanda Pampena was born in Southern California, but moved to Colorado as a teenager. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Colorado, Denver. A few of her artistic influences are Theophile Steinlen, Egon Schiele, and the arts of Asia. Amanda primarily works in 2-D media including ink, oil, and acrylic. Most of her work involves animals, but sometimes other subjects.

"Yellow Casey" by Amanda is featured on page 7 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
“Love from an animal is one of the most precious things to me. My animal companions saturate my life with love and joy, so I feel it is appropriate to use their likenesses in my art for a charitable purpose.” - Amanda