Monday, August 30, 2010
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 www.rachelsstudio.com 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 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
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Here's a little promo for our Paws For Charity Greeting Cards.
Cards are available for purchase in our Etsy Shop. All cards are blank cards...perfect for whatever message you'd like to send or occassion you'd like to celebrate. And...one hundred percent of your purchase price is donated to breast cancer charity!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
object: a dog.
years later: still drawing/painting dogs among other subjects.
she has always been an artist.
one part formally trained, one part self-taught.
her style is original.
her work is found in collections around the world.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Jessica Pruitt has had a camera in her hand since she was a small child happily snapping everything in sight. More albums and boxes of photographs than she can count showcase many stories of her life. Only a couple of years ago, she became more interested in learning the techniques and specifics of photography. She loves continually learning and improving her work.
Jessica's photograph entitled "True Love" is featured on page 47 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. This image is also availbe on high quality, blank greeting cards. You can purchase them through the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop. (perfect for welcoming a new baby!).The printing costs were paid for by Jessica, and the cards donated by her to Paws For Charity. That means that 100% of the price you pay is donated to breast cancer charity.“I am honored to be able to participate in the Paws for Charity art books. It allows me to share my art, while supporting a wonderful cause. Losing my grandmother to cancer a few years ago was heart wrenching and one of the hardest things I have been through in my life. Cancer is a terrible disease that has touched so many lives and to be able to work with this charity is one more opportunity to help those affected.” - Jessica
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
"Do what you love, & you will never work again". That is Andrea's motto & it is so true for her when she is engaging with her clients, whom she likes to call her "friends". Her deepest passion is dogs & she is in her element when there is a dog smiling for her & her camera.
"I WOOF U MOM" is featured on page 49 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. Another of Andrea's photos is on our index page...a "paws" photo entitled Tinker Bell.
"From the start of my photography business I have looked for ways to use my passions & abilities to help the causes that are closest to my heart, and Paws for Charity is another way I can do just that. I am pleased and thankful to be a part of this book. I hope it is bigger and better then ever before and that it accomplishes it's intent". - Andrea
Monday, August 16, 2010
Jack Sutter is a photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. After following his passion for film to New York City in 2000 and graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in film, he became an avid photographer. His work has appeared in ad campaigns, numerous film festivals, and publications including Interior Design Magazine, Time Out New York, and EYE.
Jack's photograph entitled "Tootsie" is featured on page 26 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.“Cancer has been a huge part of my life over the past three years, so it is an honor for me to be able to contribute and support such a lovely project as Paws For Charity.” - Jack
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Stephanie Moon is an equine, pet and people photographer located in Columbus Ohio. Stephanie loves to capture people and animals as they are in their natural environment. She has a great love for all animals and loves to photograph them. Stephanie studied photography with the New York Institute of Photography and began her photography business in 2007.
Stephanie's photo entitled "Feline Royalty" is featured on page 10 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book.
"Pets play such a large role in our lives. They can make us smile when we are having a bad day and make us laugh by their silly antics. How fitting that now they are helping, through this project, battle breast cancer." - Stephanie
Monday, August 9, 2010
Melissa McDaniel Photography
Writer and photographer Melissa McDaniel travels the country photographing dogs for the photo book projects. An avid supporter of animal rescue, Melissa donates time and money to rescues, volunteering to photograph their dogs and donating 30% of the proceeds from her photo books to rescues around the country. After adopting her deaf border collie mix, Sadie, and learning that thousands of deaf dogs are put dog each year simply because they are deaf, Melissa became involved in deaf dog advocacy and rescue. Clover, the bull terrier in her Paws for Charity entry, appears in her photo book Deaf Dogs. Melissa currently lives in Philadelphia with her dogs Sadie and Bella (a Brittany) and her two cats, Fuji and Bjork.
Melissa's photo "Clover, Deaf Bull Terrier" is featured on page 60 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. You can purchase this image on blank greeting cards in the Paws For Charity Etsy shop. We also featured an outstanding "Paws" photo by Melissa on the back cover of this year's book.
Melissa is involved in her own exciting book projects. .. "Rescued In America" and "Deaf Dogs". She has been travelling around the US photographing rescued and deaf dogs, with proceeds being donated to shelters and charities. Read about her project here. She is offering a discount on book orders until Friday August 13th. You can order your books here.
"I'm all about dogs, art and giving back so I'm thrilled to be participating in the Paws for Charity book again this year. " - Melissa
Friday, August 6, 2010
A professional photographer based out of Peterborough, Ontario, Anita Peeples aims to capture your pet's spirit and individuality through play and fun in their own environment to achieve a unique set of photos of them being themselves and doing what they love. She mainly works with dogs, cats and horses, but is a lover of all animals and has even been known to photograph the occasional child!
Anita's "WOOF" is featured on page 44 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. Also featured in our book is "Chocolate Toes"...one of our featured "Paws" photos...on page 73.
“When I was directed to this project I immediately knew I wanted to be involved. I lost my Grandmother to cancer in 2008. She was the most wonderful, supportive and strong woman I have ever known. I find in my field I am rarely able to give back to a non-animal cause, so this is a wonderful treat for me.” - Anita
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Stephanie Balcom loves animals. In fact, the first time she picked up a camera was to take a picture of her dog Neka. It’s what inspired her to take photography in College, and after finishing college, Stephanie found herself shooting thousands of pictures of her own pets. She was destined to pursue animal photography ever since Neka smiled and Stephanie pressed the shutter button.
Stephanie's photo "Mojo" is featured on page 43 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. Also, Stephanie's "Paws" photo entitled "Bandit" was chosen as our cover photo for this year's book!
"I feel so fortunate to be a part of this book. As many people, I have been touched by cancer in my life. This is a great cause and I am looking forward to continue to be a part of Paws for Charity.” - Stephanie
Monday, August 2, 2010
J.T. Yost is a pet portraitist, cartoonist and illustrator among other unmentionable descriptors. His “peculiar” anthropomorphic pet portraits are the natural outgrowth of our society’s increasing personification of our companion animals. For those who prefer to respect our pets’ established animalistic appearance and qualities, there are the “traditional” pet portraits painted in oils. Animals and their welfare figures heavily into the majority of Yost’s artwork, and ten percent of his profits are always donated to animal welfare organizations.
Samples of both J.T.'s "peculiar" pet portraits and "traditional" pet portraits are found on page 27 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. “I am overjoyed to be included in this Paws For Charity project. I have been a vegansince 1992, and have been involved in animal welfare for as long as I can remember. I’m always wary of coming across as a zealot in these matters (and am not confrontational to boot), so I am always glad when my artwork can speak for me.” - J.T.