Custom Portraits

Shaggy and Woofy

Shaggy and Woofy

8″x10″ acrylic, 2012. This is a clever sort of portrait of a married couple, represented here by their favorite childhood toys! Susan commissioned this painting as a baby shower gift for her daughter, Kim, and Kim’s husband C.J., who are expecting in May. Shaggy is Kim’s beloved bear, and Woofy, who [...]

Hiyu (Pet Portrait)

Hiyu (Pet Portrait)

9″x12″ acylic, 2012. What a lovely change of scenery! It’s novel and thrilling for me to have the opportunity to paint a beloved pet, and wonderful to see such intelligence and personality gazing back at me. This portrait of Hiyu, who passed two years ago, was commissioned by Heidi as a [...]

Oscar’s Bass

Oscar’s Bass

9″x12″ acrylic, 2012. When he was very small, ten-year-old Oscar fell in love with fishing at his Uncle Howie’s own well-stocked pond. Oscar’s mother Katya tells me that the fish were so plentiful that they practically jumped on the hook, and that thrilling experience guaranteed that Oscar was hooked as well! [...]

Bitty Baby

Bitty Baby

8″x10″ acrylic, 2011. Twelve-year-old Emma, an avid ballerina, loves her three American Girl dolls. But ever since age two, Bitty Baby has been Emma’s very favorite. Emma will be dancing in the Nutcracker for the sixth time this year, and then, just before Christmas, she will be having some major surgery. [...]

Fritters and Fritters The Other One

Fritters and Fritters The Other One

5″x7″ acrylic, 2011. Kit, who is almost three, started with just one monkey. It was given to her at birth by her grandmother, and naturally the “back-up” monkey was discovered and absorbed into everyday use. The monkey blanket-heads are known as “Fritters” and “Fritters The Other One,” a fantastic variation on [...]

Ceramic Plane

Ceramic Plane

8″x10″ acrylic, 2011. My nephew Kevin’s priorities are very clear: Machines that go first, then animals. On his recent second birthday, I sat with him and looked at a picture book which contained an assortment of both. He excitedly pointed and named things, one after the other: “Firetruck! [...]

August’s Bunny

August’s Bunny

8″x10″ acrylic, 2011. 16-month-old August was given many stuffed toys when he was born, but this Jellycat bunny quickly emerged as his very favorite. He carries it everywhere, chews on its ears, and sleeps with his face buried in its fur. The bunny usually smells terrible as it can only be pried from [...]

Monk

Monk

8″x10″ acrylic, 2011. Elijah’s clever mother Cassandra has embued his sock monkey with a sense of mystery and intrigue. During nap time, she would tell him, “Monk” would play on his own, and she even provided strategically posed photos with puzzles and toys as proof! Monk has survived being dragged to preschool [...]

Rugrat

Rugrat

9″x12″ acrylic, 2011. Mary is giving her two boys, now 21 one and 23, portraits of their favorite childhood toys for Christmas, both of which are stuffed/doll versions of 90’s Nickelodeon characters. This Rugrat Tommy Pickles doll’s sheep costume was taken from another toy by one of the kids and was henceforth [...]

Roland, Take 2

Roland, Take 2

8″x10″ acrylic, 2011. *Sigh* So, you may have noticed that I have already painted this guy, who is the distinguished CEO of I Only Like Monsters. Over a month ago I mailed the original portrait to J, who writes the hilarious posts for Roland’s website, and just heard yesterday that it had [...]

Orange Giraffe

Orange Giraffe

8″x10″ acrylic, 2011. This big, floppy, orange Circo giraffe with wide-wale corduroy feet has all his adventures ahead of him! The giraffe and his portrait will be baby shower gifts for Kris’ longtime friend Stephanie. I love portraits of worn, much-loved toys, but it’s great to capture one when it’s crisp [...]

CatDog

CatDog

9″x12″ acrylic, 2011. It’s so much fun to paint toys for grown folks like Mary’s two sons, who are 21 and 23. The boys came of age in the high Nickelodeon era, and so, naturally, their favorite toys were both cute and slightly disturbing. Mary ordered portraits of each as [...]

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