Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Marilyn Kellough

Marilyn Kellough

Marilyn Kellough was born in Annapolis Royal, N.S. and now calls Port Mouton, N.S. home. Since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Marilyn has exhibited throughout Canada. Her work hangs in several private and corporate collections, including the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the London Life Insurance Company and Hautanen Finland Inc. Marilyn is one of the artists featured in the book, FROM LAND and SEA, Nova Scotia Contemporary Landscape Artists, published in 2009.

Marilyn's artwork "What's That Mom!!" is featured on page 12 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. “Like many others, I have had family and friends, whose lives have been forever changed by cancer. Paws for Charity is a wonderful opportunity for which I can support needed research and means to fight this robbing disease.” - Marilyn

Monday, June 28, 2010

Teresa Berg

Teresa Berg

Teresa Berg is a graduate of The Elkins Institute of Photography and a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). She is recognized for her tender, emotional and often humorous portraits which are on display and in publication across the country. Her infinite patience and sense of humor make her very comfortable with dogs, kids and chaos, in general. A lifelong photographer with many years of film and darkroom experience, she now works mostly with digital cameras shooting dogs, kids and families from her studio in Dallas. Teresa is a regular contributor to several publications and publishes two dog calendars each year.

"Whippet" is featured on page 8 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. You can purchase blank greeting cards with this image through our Paws For Charity Etsy Shop.
"My mother has survived breast cancer. Twice. What I see over and over in my work as a photographer is the strength and beauty of women. Women are the strongest threads in life's tapestry. We must find a cure." - Teresa

Friday, June 25, 2010

Tara Anderson

Tara Anderson

Tara Anderson grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and studied illustration and fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She worked for many years as a children's bookseller before returning to painting and starting a new career as a cover artist and children's illustrator. Tara lives on a 200-acre farm outside of Tweed, Ontario, where seven domestic cats and numerous barn cats provide inspiration.

"Clementine's Red Scarf" is one of three of Tara's images featured on page 17 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
"A few years ago I moved to the country and rescued my three brava girls. They inspired a series of dancing cats which led to my first published book. Five years later I have fostered many feral cats and I continue to avidly capture my friendly felines on canvas! I imagine I will continue to happily paint pussy cats always. " - Tara

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Kelly Snelling

Kelly Snelling

Kelly Snelling is a Southern girl transplanted in California. She is a self-taught artist who believes she can do anything she sets her mind to, including beating breast cancer. Her art and words have been published in several magazines and books. And, she is co-author of the jewelry book, A Charming Exchange. When she isn't playing tag with her dog and two little boys or dancing with her adorable husband or whispering to her cats, she can be found daydreaming, painting, singing, laughing, making BIG necklaces, and living life loudly with every fiber of her soul.

"Popkin" is one of three of Kelly's photographs featured on page 39 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. You can purchase blank greeting cards with this image in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop."I'm so happy to participate in Paws for Charity again this year. As a three-year breast cancer survivor, artist, and animal lover, I am overjoyed to bring all these passions together in such a wonderful project." - Kelly

Monday, June 21, 2010

Tamandra Michaels

Tamandra Michaels

Tamandra Michaels felt a deep camaraderie with dogs her whole life, but it was her relationship with her current dog that inspired her to pursue fine art pet photography. With a background in painting, she got a digital SLR to take reference photos, and fell head over wheels in love with the medium. With her passion for dogs and telling their story in artistic images, Heart Dog Studios was born, named to honor her "heart dog", Borias. It brings Tamandra great joy to use her talents to give others images of their beloved companions that will be cherished forever. She also uses her skills to donate to various pet charities.

Tamandra's photograph "Heartmates" is featured on page 33 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book."I'm happy and honored to take part in the Paws FOr Charity Art BOok. My mother is a two time survivor of breast cancer, continuing to show that she's stronger than it is. Being able to used my work to contribute to charities and "paw it forward" brings me great joy." - Tamandra

Friday, June 18, 2010

Kristin Bowen

Kristin Bowen
Kristin's blog

With a BA in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University and a background in advertising, Kristin spent the first seven years of her professional life working as a graphic designer and art director for several agencies on both the East and West coasts. Having always had a passion for animals, she created a portrait of her own dogs on a whim for her husband's birthday a few years back. With the unique modern style and simplistic but bold colors, the portrait was a hit among friends and it was only a matter of time before word spread, her business grew and she was able to leave the world of advertising to focus on a job she truly loves. Kristin is a Virginia Beach, Virginia local, loves dogs, photography and all things “beach”. She lives with her husband, Shawn, a sweet-natured border collie named Sam and an energetic but extremely loveable pit bull named Makai.

Kristin's portrait of Makai can be found on page 9 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.

"If there is one thing being a pet portrait artist has shown me, it is how strong the bond between pet and owner can be. I love learning more about those relationships and hearing stories from all over the country on why each person's pet is so special to them. Every portrait comes with a sense of actually getting to know the animal and hearing the joy of a satisfied client is such a rewarding experience. Being able to combine that with a such a wonderful project for charity is just the icing on the cake. I couldn't ask for a better job. " - Kristin

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fenne Kustermans

Fenne Kustermans

Fenne photographs animals. Just the way they are. With their unique character or even their bad manners. With sweet soft snouts or dirty paws on the new carpet. Fenne tells a story of our love for animals. A story about the way animals change or lives.

Fenne's photograph "Rico" can be found on page 62 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
"Paws for Charity shares the joy that animals bring in a way that will help people, it’s great to be involved in such creation." - Fenne

Monday, June 14, 2010

Jewel Mathieson

Jewel Mathieson

Jewel Mathieson has been passionate about art and drawing for as long as she can remember. This, coupled with her strong love and empathy of animals, naturally led her on her path to become a professional pet portrait artist. Completely self-taught, Jewel carefully captures the unique, individual personalities of all of her subjects using hundreds of tiny pencil strokes and transforms them into almost living colour.

"Tilda & Allie" by Jewel Mathieson is featured on page 18 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.

"I couldn't resist being part of this wonderful project that celebrates the special bond between people and animals. I hope my artwork brings much joy to those who need it most." - Jewel

Friday, June 11, 2010

Carolyn Evans

Carolyn Evans

Carolyn Evans first picked up the camera nearly a decade ago to photograph dogs and cats in an effort to promote local shelters and rescue groups. She continues to support local animal groups through her photography and has served as Board President for Cincinnati’s United Coalition for Animals, opening the area’s first non-profit spay/neuter clinic aimed at tackling the pet overpopulation epidemic. An animal activist at heart, Carolyn is pleased to support the Paws Charity Art Book and its beneficiary, Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, an organization that carries the Humane Charity Seal of Approval.

Carolyn's photograph "Tyrone" is featured on page 6 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. Tyrone was photographed the day after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. Ten days later, he was gone.

Here are a couple of links to read more about Tyrone's story:
"There is such a deep and pure bond between animals and the people who have truly opened their hearts to them. I aim to capture the essence of an animal on film and to create lasting memories that my clients will cherish. I photographed Tyrone the day after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. Ten days later, he was gone. On that day, I wanted to capture the beauty of his life and his spirit. And with this photo, I think I did just that." - Carolyn

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Miriam Mas

Miriam Mas
Canines With A Cause

Miriam Mas moved to Canada in 1988. With professional artists in both sides of her family for several generations, she always had an interest in the visual arts. However, it was not until she was an adult, and living in Canada, that she started to pursue her love for photography, oil painting and pencil drawing. Today, she is often tied up with training service dogs for people with disabilities. Recently a grandma, Miriam may have limited time to dedicate to her artwork, but nevertheless, she cannot deny the urge she feels from time to time to continue to paint, draw and take more photographs.

Miriam was the founder of Canines With A Cause, which has recently become the new Assistance Dogs Division of Canadian Guide Dogs For The Blind.

Miriam's pencil drawing "Bailey" is featured on page 58 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
(and I'll tell you a secret...this was commissioned by me as a gift to my husband in memory of our first dog Bailey, who passed away in 2005. The drawing is based on a photograph taken by our daughter-in-law when Bailey was a puppy.)
"As someone once said, we are all born with unique talents. What good is it if we keep them only to ourselves. If my artwork can make a difference in raising funds to battle cancer, I feel privileged to be able to contribute in this small way." - Miriam

Monday, June 7, 2010

Lori Rowe

Lori Rowe

Lori Rowe was raised by a geographically mobile family and considers Mystic, CT her town of origin. In keeping with her heritage, she now lives full time on the road traveling with her husband of seventeen years, 3 marvelous dogs and one pesky cat. She occupies her days as a full time artist. Her impressionistic art works are owned by both fine art collectors and art enthusiasts alike. Her passionate love of animals and children compels her to contribute much of her work to raise funds for worthy causes such as no-kill shelters, Dogs Deserve Better, Assistance Dogs of America, Inc., CASA- protecting foster children (of the human variety) and animal hospice shelters.

"Ruby" appears on page 34 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book:
"As a lover of animals from as far back as I can remember, it was only natural that I would paint them. I studied Premed to go into Veterinary medicine but I am more strongly drawn to painting animals. I tell people “I can only paint something I feel passionate about, and often, only once.” The human love of my life is a Contractor and we travel full time for different jobs. Along with us we bring Beauregard, an Australian Shepherd, Sassy, a sheltie mix, Maggie, a cocker mix, and Dak the cat. This is all accomplished in a 36’ 5th wheel RV we call “Home Sweet Home.” Recently I have joined a group of artists that paint to raise money for no-kill shelters. The paintings are donated free of charge so the shelter can raise money by auctioning and/or reproducing it. Since I don't have a permanent home I just offer my help where ever I am at the time. I am a member of the Cayucos Art Association, Cayucos CA, and Hygienic Art, New London, CT., and The Canine Art Guild. Also sold on " - Lori

Friday, June 4, 2010

Carol Rogers and Belle

Carol Rogers
Breast Cancer Survivor

Carol Rogers is a two-time breast cancer survivor. As a community volunteer, she has helped many newly-diagnosed patients as they begin their breast cancer journey. Little did she anticipate that Belle, her devoted and loving rescue dog, would also face a diagnosis of this same disease.

Carol and Belle, photographed by Becky Boggs:

"Throughout all my years of pet ownership, I have chosen to adopt unwanted dogs who deserve a second chance at life. They are the special angels who give us so much joy and make our hearts smile." - Carol

Many thanks to Carol for allowing us to feature her as one of our "Survivor Stories" in our 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. Photos taken by Becky Boggs.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Greeting Cards now on Etsy

Mailboxes across the world are empty and waiting for some love. Why don't you purchase some Paws For Charity greeting cards and send one to all your friends? Make someone happy and raise funds for breast cancer too. 24 different cards now available on Etsy:
Available in 4 pack and 12 packs too...your choice of cards!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Michele Erez

Michele Erez

Michele Erez is a vegan artist and teacher from California living in Israel. She has a BFA in Painting and an MAT in Art Education from the Rhode Island School of Design. Michele's artwork and jewelry are inspired by a deep love of animals and nature. She paints and photographs animals, hoping to express and share her love and respect for all living things. She also creates jewelry from vintage and found pieces, turning them into something new, wearable, and beautiful. Michele founded and runs the group Etsy For Animals: Artists Helping Animals. At least 10% of her shop sales always go to the Etsy for Animals charity of the month, and she donates pieces to charity shops/fundraisers.

Michele's artwork "Princess and Demetrious" is featured on page 52 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
"My favorite subject in my art and photography is animals, and I love projects that help charity, so this is a wonderful fit for me. My favorite Uncle died suddenly of cancer when I was young, and I am happy to support a cause that makes life easier for those suffering from this terrible disease. I feel great knowing that my artwork can help others." - Michele