Monday, September 24, 2012

Madeleine D. Schmoll

Madeleine D. Schmoll
Panther © Madeleine D. Schmoll        
Madeleine D. Schmoll is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Film Journalism at the University of Glasgow in Scotland while working part time as a production assistant. She loves traveling, food,  film and writing about all of the above. One day she hopes to work in film and have a lovely family of cats, taking the crazy out of crazy cat lady.

“Having grown-up and lived on both sides of the Atlantic, I believe in art that transcends culture  boundaries. As a photographer, my goal is to document all the quirky, candid, and artistic moments that life brings. Being the pet 'sister' of a family of rescued animals this project holds a special place in my heart.” - Madeleine

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ken Drake

Ken Drake
Diesel © Ken Drake       

Ken Drake is the photographer at Zoo Studio and has been working exclusively with animals for 6 years. He photographs over 1200 dogs each year, plus multiple cats, birds, snakes, lizards, rats, kangaroos, and many others. Ken has recently received much international acclaim for his animal photos, winning the PDN Faces competition, being a finalist in the International Aperture Awards and Canon Creative Asia competition, and being made an Associate of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.

“When I'm photographing an animal, I'm always looking for ways to tell their story, and make the  viewer feel that they know the subject intimately just from the portrait. I also embrace all things to do with my subjects, in this case the drool, as it is part of their character. I'm kind of weird, I love dog drool!”  - Ken

And here is a little update from Ken:
"Things have been totally hectic here, we have been shooting for an RSPCA book, an RSPCA calendar and a book for a charity called Oscars Law. We did have some great news, we followed up on our win in last years PDN international photo competition with a win in this years prestigious International Photography Awards! All the details are on our blog It is a harrowing photo of a seriously abused dog, so don't go clicking expecting a happy smiling pooch… but it really helped the charity concerned which is why we took the photo in the first place."

Friday, September 14, 2012

Jeff Potter

Jeff Potter
Three Aussie Love © Jeff Potter  
Jeff Potter attended the University of New Mexico to study both Science and Art and received degrees in Fine Art and Biology in 1977. Developing a portfolio and style characterized the time from graduation until his first one-man exhibition in Santa Fe, NM in 1984. His one- man exhibition in 1985 educated him at being a professional artist. He has since then focused on establishing a niche for himself in the crowded New Mexico arts community. Since 1986 he has received numerous  awards for work in a variety of media.

“I have grown into a dog lover through my wife's devotion to dogs. Now we have three Australian Shepherds, two of which were rescued. I am training and competing in agility with two of them, Azor and T.J., in standard outdoor agility sanctioned by AKC and ASCA. We love having dogs and especially enjoy giving them daily walks, play and love all day and night.”
- Jeff

"Three Aussie Love" is available in postcard sets in the Paws For Charity etsy shop. Our participating artists paid for the printing of their cards, and that means the full purchase price from our card sales are donated to charity (

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Donna Patterson

Donna Patterson
Therapy dog, Dakota, vacationing in Florida © Donna Patterson 
The death of Donna Patterson’s dog changed her entire life. She created a retail web site named after Maximus and, soon after, organized the Madison County (AL) Boxer Group. But her true passion  came when she started Petz Sitter, a professional pet sitting service, where she offered photography for her clients while also caring for the pets in their homes. She soon found her love of capturing a  pet within their own environment while showing their true personality.

Dakota, whose photo is featured in the 2012 Paws For Charity book, died this past June. He was Donna's little boy and also her therapy dog that attended nursing homes to brighten the residents' day. It was very sudden and a shock that her family will never get over. He had a vascular tumor on the right side of his brain that started to bleed which caused stroke like symptoms. He died on July 28th. Paws For Charity is honored to have featured Dakota in this year's book.

“This is my first participation for Paws For Charity and I’m very excited to find such a wonderful charitable cause. Since my whole life revolves around animals, it is only fitting to help them as much as possible.”
- Donna

Monday, September 10, 2012

Melissa Langer

Melissa Langer
The Love Pug © Melissa Langer
Melissa Langer lives in Louisville, Colorado with her husband, Fred, her parrotlet, Gilbert and her pug, Archie.

Melissa loves to paint pugs and other dog breeds she lovingly calls Pug Pals. 

Her joy in life is to share her art with others.

“My pug and dog paintings embody the toothy grins and wagging tails that happily greet us throughout our lives. I know I have succeeded when my artwork lights up the viewer's eye with a spark of recognition of an old friend. Whether the connection is from childhood or
current day, that kind of smile is always contagious. Capturing the spirit of each dog for
people to deeply connect to and enjoy is the true focus of my efforts.”
- Melissa

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Jennifer Kelley

Jennifer Kelley
Best Friends © Jennifer Kelley
Jennifer Kelley is an educator turned stay at home mom from Southern Illinois. Photography has been a creative outlet and obsession. She spends her time with her family and never leaves home without her camera. Her favorite subject to photograph is her four year old son, Jack.

“Best Friends is a photograph of my son, Jack and Mazie, Grammie and Grandpa's 16 year old Golden Retriever, taking a break during the day to lounge. This photograph shows the love Jack has for Mazie and Mazie's sweet and calm temperament that allows Jack to rest on her.” - Jennifer

"Best Friends" is available in postcard sets in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop. Our participating artists have paid for the printing of their cards, and that means ALL proceeds are donated to charity (

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Christine Throckmorton

Christine Throckmorton
Sam © Christine Throckmorton              
Christine Throckmorton creates portraits that celebrate the significance of dogs in our lives. Her goal is to capture the personality and soul of her clients' canine companions, so that they may be  celebrated and immortalized through her art. Christine's paintings are serious enough to honor the  emotional connection we have to our pets, but with a touch of whimsy to acknowledge how fun and goofy dogs can be.

“I think every pet deserves a portrait. Our pets bring so much joy into our lives, and their lives are way too short—why not celebrate them in art? I don't have much hanging on my own walls, but I proudly display portraits of my dog. They were created by me, as well as my artist friends. And I'm honored that my art graces the walls of dog lovers around the world.” - Christine

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Derek Johnston

Derek Johnston was born, raised, and educated in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He spent his career years on the front lines of education where he was well known for disrupting classrooms and staff rooms with his outrageous remarks. Despite this, he was known as a caring and effective teacher. He has carried his sense of humour into his photography which has proven to be a wonderful interest in his  retirement. He is very proud to contribute to this worthwhile project.

“Beautiful Tatiana is the daughter of a cat rescued by our local vet. She has a very sweet disposition but in this photo her twin sister, Nika, is “volunteering” as her footstool. We have a fondness for Russian names. We have since discovered that Tatiana, roughly translated, means “wrecker of the house”. Nika, of course, means “assistant wrecker”. We adopted our dog, Churchill, from SHAID. This, too, provided us with a wonderful loving pet. We are honoured to support SHAID.” - Derek

Blank greeting cards with Tatiana's image are available in the Paws For Charity Etsy Shop at this link: , and are also available in the postcard sets. All participating artists paid for the printing of their cards, and that means that the FULL purchase price is donated to charity (