Monday, May 31, 2010

Nancy MacDonald

Nancy MacDonald

Nancy's first professional job after graduating from NSCAD in Halifax, Nova Scotia was as a photographer for a small N.S. newpaper. Nancy's travels took her to California where she started a career as a graphic designer. She spent the last 15 years in Ottawa but has recently moved back N.S. in search of new inspiration for her artwork. Nancy's camera now goes everywhere with her so she can share her experiences with friends and family.

Nancy's photo "Juno" is pictured on page 29 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book, and is also available for purchase on blank greeting cards.
"This photo was taken in memory of a very special lady, Delia Wallis, who was taken from us by breast cancer in Sept. 2009. Juno (pictured) and her family miss Delia very much." -Nancy

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bill Storoniak

Bill Storoniak

A little more than two years ago, Bill Storoniak decided that he waned to take "Taking pictures" more seriously than just vacation snapshots. During this past year, he has developed into a photographer. Since he has had no formal training as a photographer, he learns by trial and error and makes his own rules and more time than not, mistakes. Bill tries to look through the viewfinder as opposed to looking into it. By looking through it, he not only sees what he is focusing on, he also sees what it can be.

Bill's photo "Stay Here For Me" is featured on page 14 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. It is also available on blank greeting cards, which can be viewed here. (they will soon be available for sale on

"What a wonderful use for the medium of photography; capturing the love in an animal's eyes. I cannot imagine a more wonderful way to use my work!" - Bill

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cameron Graves

Cameron Graves

Cameron Graves was born in Greenwich, CT in 1968. Cameron’s education includes a BA in Art History from Princeton University, Art Education from McGill University and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 1996 Cameron received the Robert Pope Foundation scholarship for painting and was short-listed for the Prince Edward Award, and in 1997 she received the NSCAD Endowment Fund Scholarship. Cameron has shown her work in numerous exhibitions, both group and solo, locally, as well as in Greenwich, CT, Princeton, NJ, Montreal, PQ, and Guelph, ON. Since graduating from NSCAD Cameron has continued to show extensively in Halifax. In 2000, she performed a painting on stage with musical artist Veda Hille, and in both 2003, 2005,and 2007 she volunteered 80 hours of work to paint specialty murals in the Kid’s Help Phone Designer Showcase House. In addition, in both 2005 and 2006 Cameron created the set design for Simply the Breast, a Canadian Breast Cancer fundraiser. Over the past few years Cameron has been painting pet commissions, resulting in a very positive response from the pet community. The goal is to make great works that consider not only the animal’s physical appearance, but also his/her nature. Capturing the spirit and personality of the pet is the key to a successful work.

Cameron's artwork, entitled "Clementine" can be found on page 54 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. This is Cameron's second year participating in our project."I feel privileged as an artist to create works of art that people embrace into their homes and lives. Whenever possible I try to use my artwork as a vehicle to contribute to the community at large. Causes for better health and for care of animals have been a constant for me. So, Paws for Charity is a most natural and perfect fit for my work. " - Cameron

Friday, May 21, 2010

Jan Swan

Jan Swan

Jan Swan is a fine art photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her goal with her photography is to take photographs that express the extraordinary aspects of the ordinary and that demonstrate the aesthetic of everyday scenes or objects. She loves taking photographs of cats, dogs, and of people with their pets. She is involved in cat rescue and provides a home to many.

She is currently represented by a gallery in Bernalillo, New Mexico, has exhibited in several galleries in Albuquerque and has had photographs published in several literary journals and websites. She is always looking for opportunities to share her art, especially for a charitable cause. More of her work can be seen on her website

Jan's photo "Man on Bench with Dog" can be found on page 69 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
"My love for animals has carried into my love of photography and one of the projects I have set for myself is to photograph people and their pets in spontaneous shots. I find that people usually like having their photograph taken if they can show off their pet at the same time!" - Jan

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Angie Ketelhut

Angie Ketelhut

Angie grew up in the Midwest USA. Her childhood was a bumpy one, with a series of painful losses. Pets and creating art were a steady source of comfort & solace from the very beginning of her life & remained with her throughout uncertain times. With her expressive painting style & use of vibrant colors, she strives to capture and honor the furry friends who bring so much joy & happiness to our lives. Angie has sold her work nationally and internationally & offers custom portraiture through her website: She now resides just outside of Seattle, WA with her husband & bubbly Boston Terrier.

"Downtown Dog" can be found on page 11 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book (along with 3 other images by Angie!)"Cancer has affected my life in many ways, beginning with my grandmother. My grandmother raised me, and she passed on when I was 16. I have seen the devastation of the disease firsthand as I witnessed her painful struggle & intense suffering which eventually led to her passing. Participating in this project is a small way I can help the cause to fight cancer & find a cure." - Angie

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Bev Hollis

"Guardian Angel" by Bev Hollis (

"Guardian Angel" is featured on page 31 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book, and is also available on our blank greeting cards.

Bev Hollis began her photographic career in 2006 - 100% devoted to the niche market of pet photography. Her profound respect for pets and her desire to honor their significance in people’s lives drives every session. As a result, her images have been described as timeless, stylistic and authentic. Bev owns Bev Hollis Photography and is headquartered at her farm studio in northern Virginia’s hunt country. She is happiest doing location work and does most of her shooting at her circa 1807 farm location or amongst the landmarks and architecture of Washington, DC and Virginia.

"As a licensed veterinarian I have seen firsthand the remarkable comfort and healing that pets provide their humans. It is my honor to contribute to this wonderful cause celebrating the human-animal bond." - Bev

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Article: Bridgewater Bulletin

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed about the Paws For Charity Art Book by our local paper. The article was printed in this week's paper. The reporter asked me if I had a photo to supply, so I put John to work after the reporter left and this is what we came up with.

You can read the article online by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Peter Tym

Peter Tym

Peter Tym is an editorial, corporate photographer based in Toronto, Canada. His love of environmental portraiture has brought through some thirty years of great photographs and interesting people. He loves the challenge of working on location, producing beautiful, well lit images of people in their space. Peter has a warm and relaxed manner with people that shows in his work; it is his passion. Peter has two grown children, David and Olivia, and resides in his Toronto home with his wife-Barbara-and two cats.

"Small But Mighty" can be found on page 24 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
"As a photographer I have been blessed with the opportunity to do satisfying work that I love. It has become very important to me to find avenues in my photography that allow me to “give back”. Paws for Charity is a good opportunity to achieve this." - Peter

Friday, May 7, 2010

Sabrina Helas

"6+1" by Sabrina Helas
"6 + 1" can be found on page 42 in the Paws For Charity Art Book. You can also purchase blank greeting cards with this are sized 5 inches by 7 inches printed professionally on very high quality card stock. Check out our greeting card page here.
Sabrina Helas is a Los Angeles based photographer who has lived and worked in San Francisco and New York City. She specializes in documentary style photography of children and pets. Her love for photography began in the 8th grade where she spent most of her summer in her school's dark room. After working in the film and television industry for over eight years, she finally decided to follow her true passion of photography and hasn't looked back since. Sabrina began Cookies and Water Photography in 2005 and in 2008 she launched Milk and Cookies Photography. Sabrina currently resides in Eagle Rock, California with her husband and two crazy pups.

This is Sabrina's second year participating in the Paws For Charity Art Book Project. "A friend of mine (who is in her thirties) was diagnosed with breast cancer this past year. She was always funny and sweet, but I had never noticed her strength before. I am awed by her. For her, and the other wonder women afflicted by breast cancer, I needed and wanted to be part of this project."-Sabrina.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Greeting Cards now available

Paws For Charity greeting cards are now available!

The Paws For Charity greeting cards are exceptional quality blank cards. They were professionally printed, and are thicker than any cards you'll find in a greeting card store. Most of our cards are sized 4 1/2 inches by 5 inches (folded size)...a few of the cards are larger. The printing costs were paid by the participating artists and photographers. That means that when you purchase a Paws For Charity greeting card, all the funds (less shipping costs) are donated to charity. This year we are donating all the money raised to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, a registered charity with programs in over 50 countries.

Cards will be available soon through
Cards are available now by emailing Sara at
$4.50 each or 4 cards for $15
or 12 cards for $36 (prices include shipping).

To see all the cards available (a choice of 24 different images!) click on "Greeting Cards" at the top of this blog page, or click here.

"I'm tickled with the greeting cards Sara....they turned out fabulous! Super quality. Love them!" - Kim Owen (

"Sara...I have two comments to make...Excellent and Awesome! For both the book and the greeting cards. I received the book last week and just recently received the greeting cards. Both are very professionally printed on high quality paper and the graphics and photography are reproduced very well! I couldn't be happier with both. Thank you so much again for all of your efforts towards this great cause and I am already looking forward to next year's book!" - Dan Felstead (

Monday, May 3, 2010

Hong In Young

Hong In Young

Hong In Young lives and works in South Korea. She makes artist's books and works mail art networking. She is a member of The International Union of Mail Artists. Her pop-up artist book "Consonants of the Korean alphabet" was invited to Beautiful Letters Books, a specail exhibition prepared by 2009 Seoul International Book Arts Fair. Her artist books were accepted for the 5th International Artist's Book Triennial Vilnius 2009. She in interested in prints, drawings, typography and paper wooks and plans to make artists' books continuously.

"I have dogs of my artworks but I was afraid of actual dogs because I had been bitten by a dog, when I was a child. I could get rid of my fear of dogs gradually from artworks- painting, drawing, collages. So I made works of art for this projet very happily." - Hong

Hong's artwork entitled "Wait" appears on page 37 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. This image is also available on blank greeting cards....see them on our greeting card page.