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Food banks for family pets

I learned something new this weekend. Although I have been a supporter of animal shelters for many years now, I never realized that there were such things as food banks for animals. This past weekend, I was invited to a fundraiser at Masters ‘n Dogs in Ottawa, which was being held to benefit an organization called Paw Pantry. Paw Pantry is a brilliant idea: it’s a food bank for pets. I had not stopped to consider that some people may face the difficult decision of surrendering their pet to a shelter because, due to some temporary financial difficulty---such as a...

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Introducing . . . a new website and a special offer

Welcome to my new website, dedicated to portraits of animals. Usually, I paint people and landscapes, and people in landscapes. People have always been my favourite subject because I love the challenge of capturing a sense of life, and the unique spirit of each individual sitter. Recently, though, I painted a portrait of a dog for a friend, and that led to a few more requests for pet portraits. As an animal lover, I thoroughly enjoyed the process—so much so, that I wanted to do more of them. The challenge of painting a companion animal is much the same as with painting people: there...

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