Group Show "Pets We Love"


Dean Buhler

My art: Expressive beauty, individual dignity, luscious textures, and color.


A wry smile, nearly imperceptibly furrowed brow or piercing gaze are examples of subtle expressions that capture the viewer. Small things that make huge differences fascinate me and propel my art.


All people, animals, and yes, even plant life have an innate dignity rooted in a desire to fulfill their nature. Therefore, my subjects are always posed to reflect their life force. I often slightly dramatize their stately poses or natural action-oriented compositions to amplify their loveliness.

Textures and Color

My artistic method is entirely mood driven. Sometimes, I block in the contours of my subject and then work area by area until the entire work is complete. Other times, I start abstractly with a playful smear of colors that I mush around with increasing precision until I have a finished rendering. No matter the approach, I finish with realistically rendered forms contrasted with impressionistic flourishes of lively color, lost and found edges, and yummy paint textures.

The result, I hope, elicits an intuitive, visceral response. If so, my art will have contributed to making life more dignified and artfully beautiful.

As an influential instructor once told me (paraphrased), paint each painting as if its the one that will change the world. I do.



Kathryn Hansen

I grew up in rural Wisconsin in the early 60s, a fantastic time to be an imaginative child! My intense love of animals and art started at a very young age when I painted an enormous brown owl in second grade, which proudly hung in the schools small library. My family loved animals, so in addition to our family pets, I also had hamsters, hermit crabs and assorted fish. My room resembled a pet shop more than a place to sleep! My relationship with my art and animals really took off after a 2 week safari to Kenya with my siblings in 2010! That amazing experience evolved my art into what you see today, highly detailed wildlife portraits in graphite and colored pencil of elephants, lions, zebras, egrets and more.



Mariah Kaminsky

As intelligent beings, we realize that two things cannot be stopped or even slowed down; Time & Change. Although we know this to be true, we resist it every day. For some, itís through the act of taking hundreds upon thousands of photographs to capture that which we wish to remain. For others, itís by written word to contain thoughts and feelings that would be lost if only spoken. In this way, my work is no exception. Whether it is a painting of a moment captured in reality or a dream state, they are all an attempt to halt the change that will inevitably come to be so. I wish to preserve that instance in a tangible manner to make it possible to go back again and again for a visit. Every piece I create tells a story to me so that I may remember it clearly, brush stroke by brush stroke.



John Keeling

John Keeling paintings open your eyes to the beauty and surprise of our everyday lives. Capturing "that look" in a beloved pets eyes is what I enjoy most about painting in watercolor.



Dolores Kiriacon

As a Fine Art Photographer, my photographs are portraits/still lifes of natureís natural forms, from flowers, dried leaves of all kinds, twigs to the bark of trees in their various stages of growth and natural decline.

My portfolio of Lilies and my website are of these images.

But, as an owner of a beautiful 14 yr. old Saluki, an Egyptian sight hound, named Giac (Giacometti), I do take photographs, perhaps too many of him! When I first saw a saluki many years ago running on the Beach in East Hampton, NY it was a sight to behold. Salukis are hunters and fashioned for speed and graceful in movement and they love the wind in their face. Once you own a Saluki ñ and Giac is my 4th ñ you love them forever. Giac is named after Alberto Giacometti the Swiss sculptor and painter who made a bronze sculpture of a saluki, titled Le chien, which I saw in Saint-Paul, France at the Fondation Maeght. At the time I did not know what a saluki was nor had I seen one. I still have the postcard that I brought home over 30 years ago.

The Saluki shows his character only to a master who earns his/her love and respect. Once they accept you the bond is forever! The Saluki likes to be always with you, they bask in praise and delight in being talked to and caressed and told how special they are. The Salukis beauty are their beautiful proportions, finely molded heads, their bright humanly expressive eyes, the silky feathering of their drooping ears and long curved tails. Salukis are like caviar, an acquired taste.

These photographs are taken with the love of this beautiful dog, not as a photographer trying to take a great photograph. He is a natural for posing so I just take a photo whenever I can grab my camera fast enough to catch a particular pose. One of the things I love about him are his expressive eyes.

On our daily walks people smile and say "beautiful" and they are not talking about me!!



Adrienne Lewis

With each portrait, Im on a mission to catch a glimpse at a persons essence. I use bold, contrasting colors, I layer diluted acrylic paints, and apply strokes unique to the brushes and tools used in order to capture the viewers attention. My exploration into painting animal portraits began in 2014, and I have been amazed at how many people relate to them. It has certainly gotten my mind racing with new ideas!



Evelyn McCorristinPeters

My work evolves from a lifelong fascination with and dedication to the natural environment. I create to express my commitment to the preservation of our native flora and fauna, to celebrate its diversity and document its fragility.

My goal is to capture the fleeting illuminations and restless color of that moment when the light makes magic. Through color, light and unique composition I create an image reflecting the vitality of our extraordinary surroundings. My distinctive portrayal of a subject gives the viewer a deeper understanding of the environment.



Joseph Sundwall

When I go to a museum I'll pause just inside the doorway of each gallery and let my attention move around the room, observing which work brings my attention to rest; this is the painting Iím drawn to, and I know why: no matter what object, person or event is being depicted, the paintings that engage me are the ones that bring me to rest. In that stillness the painterís experience becomes my own and I am one with the original observer; the painting transcends time and place. This silent conversation with a work of art is what is important to me in viewing art, and informs my approach to making art..



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...glad to be here!



Patti Vincent

My work is about the exploration of color and value relationships expressed in oil paint. While my subject matter varies with my musings, consistent loose brush strokes engage the viewer and provide enough detail to cause attraction



Cecili Watson

I love to paint dogs, but most of all I like people to feel something when they see my paintings. Most of my paintings are animals in danger.