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A Final Walk Down Memory Lane

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Animal Reflections, Animal Rescue, Pet Portraits, Portrait Inspiration | 0 comments

Our favorite photo of Lefty

Our favorite photo of Lefty

Remember when your dog was a puppy, how excited and playful and energetic he was? Remember how great you felt when she was finally housebroken? Or when he learned a new command, stopped chewing your favorite sandals…and could walk on the leash without affectionately barreling into every dog and person in sight?

It’s exciting to see your puppy grow and learn and adapt to your lifestyle. All of a sudden, you’re communicating perfectly with her – and vice versa. As a friend said recently, mourning his own dog, “We were finishing each other’s sentences.”

But unlike our children, puppies mature quickly…and all of a sudden, they are senior citizens, with a whole new set of problems, like arthritis, heart trouble, vision and hearing loss, and even dementia. And often, it is up to the human to make the very difficult decision to put a pet down.

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In Loving Memory – 3 Owners Reflect on Their Pets And Their Portraits

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Animal Reflections, Animal Rescue, Pet Portraits, Portrait Inspiration | 0 comments

As you can tell, one of my life’s passions is dogs. I love my own furry friend Lefty as much as any family member, because he *is* family. If I lost him, I’d grieve him deeply. Owners celebrate their pets’ birthdays, confide in them, and have images of them on their cell phones. The memory of a beloved pet is intense; when a beloved pet dies, it’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed by the intensity of your sorrow.

I’m a licensed, board certified art therapist, specializing in grief, loss and bereavement, and it’s perfectly ok to grieve in your own way, for as long as you need to. Grief has to run its course, and one way that I’ve been able to offer comfort to other dog lovers is to create a lasting memorial portrait of their beloved pet.

There are many ways to manage your feelings. Write about them privately, blog about them online, research pet support groups to speak to others, and even prepare a memorial for your pet.

My portraits aren’t simply copies of a photograph; they capture the essence of the animal. I strive to portray the emotions, the personality, the memory, and the uniqueness of your pet. Coping with the loss is something that can be eased a bit by seeing your dog through another set of eyes.

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My Upcoming Show “The Casual Portrait”

My Upcoming Show “The Casual Portrait”

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Animal Reflections, Animal Rescue, Family Portraits, Portrait Inspiration | 0 comments

I’m very excited about my upcoming show, The Casual Portrait, at Temple Beth El in New Rochelle, NY from November 23rd to December 29th, 2013. It’s called The Casual Portrait because I’m including various styles of work – animals, people, and still life.

Setting up an art exhibition can be a creative, exciting adventure. However, it does have its challenges, and good planning is just as important as beautiful artwork to to be successful.

Meyer Lemons

Meyer Lemons

Deciding on a theme was one of the first steps. It’s not enough to simply have a lot of artwork to exhibit; in order to tie each piece together, I had to develop a theme. I wanted to draw people who are specifically interested in the concepts being exhibited. For this reason, I also titled my latest blog post with the three types of portraits I’ll be displaying at my show.

 

 

Mother Retriever and Puppy

Mother Retriever and Puppy

Choosing the location was also important. My exhibit will be at Temple Beth El because of the warm, inviting, family atmosphere. Given that my portraits appeal to that type of audience, I knew it would be a good fit for my art and attendees. The folks there are very friendly and supportive, and staying near my community is important.

 

It’s been very exciting to select the pieces that will appear  in my show. The opening reception will be on Sunday, from 2:00-4:30 PM, and will feature coffee, tea, cookies and rugalla. If you’re not familiar with rugalla, a delicious pastry filled with raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, chocolate, marzipan, poppy seed, or fruit preserves, you’re in for a treat!

Pink Vase

Pink Vase on Table

I would also encourage my blog readers to visit my web site, Pets By hArt, to see more examples of my work. My love for animals, and the families they are part of, is what inspires me to continue to create. Thank you, and I hope to see you at the show!

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Horses Deserve a Second Chance Rescue

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Animal Reflections, Animal Rescue, Pet Portraits | 0 comments

I’ve had a lifelong love of horses, and Second Chance Ranch in East Granby, Connecticut, gave me the chance to fulfill that love, as well as support these beautiful animals with a Second Chance Rescue.

 

About 14 years ago, my husband Stan said, “We’re at the age where we should make our dreams come true. What’s your dream?”

 

I told him that when I was in 6th grade, my best friend, Judy, and I planned to have a retirement farm which we would call, “Green Meadows for Old Horses.” With Stan’s encouragement, I searched the web for an existing place, and found Second Chance Ranch. We met with founders Karen and Paul Bacon, and toured the barns where stalls were donated for the care of horses that would otherwise have been killed.

 

Patrick O'Horse from Second Chance Rescue

Patrick O’Horse from Second Chance Rescue – Horses Deserve a Second Chance

 

Stan and I began to sponsor the rescue of many equines, including a mare we named Granny Smith, who was 400 pounds underweight. We also sponsored a donkey, Raggedy Ann, and a special draft horse which we eventually adopted, named Andre the Giant. The volunteers there (and *everyone* is a volunteer, they do not take a penny of salary), all work full time jobs, but spend hours every day caring for the animals.
This is a painting I did of myself with one of my favorite rescues, Patrick O’Horse. We named him that because he arrived at the barn on St. Patrick’s Day. Many of my portrait commissions have been rescued dogs; so beloved by their human companions, it makes me think of that bumper sticker, “Who rescued who?”.

 

Numerous horses have special needs and deep trust issues, due to the fact that most were neglected and/or abused before they arrived. Second Chance Ranch utilizes every penny of every donated dollar to care for these horses, providing physical and emotional rehab and a happy life.They have truly given meaning to their name – Second Chance.
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