Friday, August 31, 2012

Simon Russell


Peripatetic, Simon Russell has been travelling and working on various continents over the past four years attempting to capture instances of wonder and magic. Years of university prior to travel landed him with a Bachelor of Physical Education which he has wisely used to great advantage to begin photography. He is currently residing, relaxing and recognising opportunities in Nelson, New Zealand, and is planning his next big adventure.  

“I strive to capture the smile which triggers more smiles, to recompose the memory which arouses the initial wonder, to remind of the essence and magic of life.” - Simon

Monday, August 27, 2012

Cherie Palmer

Cherie Palmer 
Otis - A Retired Champion  © Cherie Palmer
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Cherie Palmer is from Nelson, New Zealand. She discovered photography four years ago, is self taught, and photographs animals and wildlife. Pets are one of Cherie's favorite subjects to photograph as they combine her love of animals with her passion for photography. She also loves macro photography as it is discovery into the intriguing unnoticed world. Cherie has had photographs published in national and international publications, books, calendars, and Hallmark cards. 

 “I have had a lifelong involvement with animals. I am a former Kennel Club Registered breeder and RSPCA animal shelter manager. I fully understand the difficulties and restraints associated with animal charity organizations and wanted to contribute to this project.” - Cherie

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hazel Byrne

Hazel Byrne
anatureblog.blogspot.com
Handsome Teen © Hazel Byrne                          anatureblog.blogspot.com

Hazel Byrne is a zoologist with a passion for cats. She enjoys photographing her own two cats as a hobby, as well as stray cats at home and abroad. She would love to continue her research as a zoologist studying wild populations of cats and related species. Her thesis research for her degree was on the ecology of the Malay Civet, an elusive cat-like animal which inhabits rainforests across Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.  

“I am happy to be involved in this project because I want to live my life helping as many animals along the way as I can, either through my field of study and conservation, or, more close to home, through animal rescue charities.” - Hazel

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wayne Prescott

Wayne Prescott
Freedom © Wayne Prescott
Wayne Prescott’s love of photography is the challenge of trying to capture the mood and feeling of a scene, and creating an emotional response from the viewer.

“At the end of a day of adventuring along New Zealand's picturesque West Coast, we came across a stunning beach that Nika could not resist. To see her running and playing with no limits and with such exuberance would be the joy of any dog owner.” - Wayne

Monday, August 20, 2012

Amanda Pampena

Amanda Pampena
Casey’s Gaze © Amanda Pampena            www.AmandaPampena.com

Amanda Pampena graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of Colorado, Denver. Her animalcompanions act as models for her work. She also paints other subjects such as stuffed animal still-life and human figures. She currently resides in California’s bay area. 

“The ultimate truth of our soul, who we all really are, is sweetness, altruism, and light. Animals awaken the deepest, best part of ourselves. They create sensitivity out of the stoic, calm out of anger. My artwork is a thanks to them.” - Amanda

Friday, August 17, 2012

Karen Neal

Karen Neal
Koshka © Karen Neal            www.wild-impressions.co.nz

New Zealander Karen Neal has always had a love of art, animals, wildlife, nature and travel. Karen happily works from her Marlborough studio as a professional artist, accepting commissions worldwide. Her passion is to paint all animals from pets to wildlife, with a lifelike realism yet painterly style. She also loves to paint portraits, particularly capturing that unique connection between animals and people. She works in Scratchboard, Oils, Pastels, and Graphite; and is committed to supporting animal conservation causes through her art.  

"Koshka is a Russian Blue (Koshka means cat in Russian). He is the most loyal loving companion, almost doglike in manner! I loved portraying him in this pastel painting with all the soft silvery colours in his beautiful coat.” - Karen

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jan Swan

Jan Swan
Cat on Scaffolding © Jan Swan                  www.zhibit.org/janswan
Jan Swan is a photographer and painter. She has exhibited her work in galleries and had photographs published in journals and books. She loves photographing cats, which are works of art in themselves, and pets and their people. Jan believes that people have a symbiotic relationship with their pets and sets out to capture this connection in her photographs of them.  

“This black and white cat in the center of the abstract angles of the scaffolding and building caught my eye. I believe this photograph captures the agility, curiosity, and beauty of this little cat, and of all cats.”- Jan

"Cat on Scaffolding" is available in a postcard set in our Paws For Charity Etsy Shop. Our participating artists paid for the printing of the cards, and that means that ALL proceeds from the sale of ALL our cards are donated to charity! (www.shaid.ca

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Carli Bramfitt

Carli Bramfitt
Crimson © Carli Bramfitt           www.gnarrly.deviantart.com

Like most artists, Carli Bramfitt has been drawing and painting since she was able to hold a pencil or brush. She loves to be able to put her visions down on paper. When she’s not being a part time Artist, she enjoys creating beautiful Fruit Displays!  

“The moment I saw Crimson, banging his head against the pet store window to get some scritches, I fell in love. A week later I went back to the pet store to check him out. He'd come from the humane society originally, and was all skin and bones. Anyone introduced to him didn't think he'd survive. He's now almost 4 years old, very healthy and my very best friend.” - Carli

Monday, August 6, 2012

Mike Carabetta

Mike Carabetta
Snoozing © Mike Carabetta         www.portraitsoflifestudio.com
Mike Carabetta is a self taught artist who has been painting and drawing since the age of 10. He won his first art contest at the age of 12 and has been hooked ever since. Mike paints and draws scenes from real life situations. He strives for a life-like depiction in all of his work, infused with some impressionism. He enjoys painting and drawing most all subject matter and in many mediums. Mike's work has won many awards and his art donations have helped numerous foundations, causes and charities.  

“Our pets always find a favorite chair or spot to snooze and they look so innocent while asleep. All the while dreaming of mischief and resting just enough to push the boundaries. Oh, but how we love them and how we forgive their torment and tenacity. While they lay sleeping...” - Mike

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sue Collins

Sue Collins 
Rex © Sue Collins (original linocut print) suecooart.wordpress.com

Sue Collins is a painter and printmaker living near Brighton in the UK. Her work is a type of visual diary. She sees the whole world and whatever is, or has been, in it as inspirational. She is very interested in how we all see things differently - how our own personal experiences shape what we see and the way we see it.  

“Usually a piece of my artwork will begin with a personally taken photograph. This image can then pass through a variety of different stages. Several works may culminate from one image.” - Sue

"Rex" is available in postcard sets in our Paws For Charity Etsy Shop. All our participating artists paid for the printing of their cards, so the full purchase price of our cards is donated to charity. (www.shaid.ca)