In the Spotlight!

Nan's Art at AKC Museum of the Dog

Nan along with two other canine arts were the 2006 featured artists at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog Artists' Registry Exhibition. We are most proud! Nan had a range of both new and old works on display. The show was featured in an article in the museum's newsletter, Sirius and the AKC website. The show was at the museum in Saint Louis on June 11, 2006 through September 17, 2006.

Below are some of the paintings, which were exhibited at the show. I have supplied Nan's comments along with details for each piece. Enjoy!

Louisiana Courage

Louisiana Courage
Image Details
Title Louisiana Courage
Date January 2006
Breed Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 16 inches by 12 inches
Price $1,200.00

Believe it or not this has been brewing in my head for several years. The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog in the painting is based on my dog, Ashley. The photo that I worked from was of her running through a creek behind our old house in Rustburg Virginia. There never was a braver, more useful dog than Ashley. She could find lost piglets in thirty acres of shoulder-high pines, protect the chickens from critters and run off neighborhood dogs without injury to them or herself. With the event of Katrina, the remarkable fortitude and courage of the people of Louisiana and Mississippi this painting is a tribute to the people and their rich culture. Ashley lived to be 15 years old and is greatly missed. Good dog Ashley, good dog.

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Hothouse Flower

Hothouse Flower
Image Details
Title Hothouse Flower
Date 2006
Breed Peruvian Inca Orchid
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 12 inches by 12 inches
Price In collection of Annie Traub

This painting is dedicated to the memory of Sarah Martens. She shared her love for the Inca Orchids with me and was my mentor. I love the exotic coloring and sleek elegance of this rare breed. I put the orchid in the background in remembrance of their ancient mysterious history.

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Runner's Light

Runner's Light
Image Details
Title Runner's Light
Date 2006
Breed Ibizan Hound
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 18 inches by 14 inches
Price In collection of the Artist

Oh Runner how you broke my heart! Runner was a yearling in this painting. He had contracted a neurological infection that robbed him of his vision. In spite of this handicap he could still navigate thought the woods. I lost him just as the breed was recognized, a terrible blow!

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Bart

Bart
Image Details
Title Bart
Date 1989
Breed English Bulldog
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 16 inches by 14 inches
Price In collection of Michael & Myra Meyers, Starbull Bulldogs

When Michael and Myra Meyers commissioned me to paint Bart they sent me a snapshot of this glorious Bulldog on a neatly manicured lawn. True to form, I researched the confirmation and history of the breed. I felt moved to put Bart in a traditional British landscape, including an antique breed of short hone Bull. After finishing this romantic fantasy I thought, Oh my goodness, what if Michael and Myra don't want a dramatic scenerio! Luckily they loved it and when I was invited to participate in the exhibition my friends insisted his painting should be included.

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Sheena Remembered

Sheena Remembered
Image Details
Title Sheena Remembered
Date 1991
Breed English Bulldog
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 16 inches by 14 inches
Price In collection of Michael & Myra Meyers, Starbull Bulldogs

This is the companion piece to the Bart painting commissioned by Michael and Myra Meyers. I created the same traditional English sylvan setting. I inserted British Shorthorn cows as compliment and mates to the glorious old bull in the Bart painting.

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Foxfire I

Foxfire I
Image Details
Title Foxfire I
Date January 31, 1987
Breed Ibizan Hound
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 15-1/4 inches by 10 inches
Price In collection of Elaine & Andrew Ferguson, Serqet Ibizan Hounds

This is a painting of Foxfire's favorite place, a little grotto back in the woods where he ran. Foxfire figures strongly in my pedigrees and produced eleven champions in one litter.

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Meagan I

Meagan I
Image Details
Title Meagan I
Date 1988
Breed Rough Collie
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 8 inches by 10 inches
Price In collection of the Kilgore Family

Meagan was my late father's beloved farm Collie as a young pup. I just loved the wonderful colors found in the newly fallen snow.

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Meagan II

Meagan II
Image Details
Title Meagan II
Date 1988
Breed Rough Collie
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 11 inches by 14 inches
Price In collection of the Kilgore Family

Here is Meagan as a grown lady. She was a wonderful, loving Collie who shepherded her family through life.

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Ming

Ming
Image Details
Title Ming
Date 1983
Breed Pug
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 5 inches by 7 inches
Price In collection of Don & Carol Ayrton, CADO Pugs

Ming was my mother-in-law and dearest friend's first Pug. She was a pet shop Pug of less than perfect conformation, but what a character! She ruled the house over my Ibizans and us humans too. She was a world champion rubber-mouse retriever. Ming means never having to say you are sorry! She founded the love for Pugs in CADO Pugs.

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My Lady's Guardian

My Lady's Guardian
Image Details
Title My Lady's Guardian
Date 1989
Breed Pug
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 8 inches by 10 inches
Price In collection of Don & Carol Ayrton, CADO Pugs

This is a painting of my mother-in-law, Carol Ayrton's, first homebred champion, CH Cado Sun Hou-Tzu. I felt the oriental rug and the great brass platter with the Foo Dogs set the scene just perfectly.

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Ruby on Wicker

Ruby on Wicker
Image Details
Title Ruby on Wicker
Date 2006
Breed Cavalier King Charles Spainiel
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 4 inches by 4 inches
Price available in the gallery

I was sent the most wonderful photos of Cavaliers in beautiful natural light. The dogs were beautiful in themselves, but the light made them radiant!

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Highlander

Highlander
Image Details
Title Highlander
Date 2006
Breed Scottish Deerhound
Media Acrylic Enamels on Porcelain
Size 9-1/2 Inches Oval
Price In collection of Joan Garth

I love the traditional oval format of the Victorian painters. Joan Garth, a loyal patron, had sent me many lovely photos of her Deerhounds. I painted this piece on porcelain with acrylic enamels. Joan spoke up for it before it left home.

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Homage to James Ward

Homage to James Ward
Image Details
Title Homage to James Ward
Date 2006
Breed Saluki
Media Acrylic Enamels on Porcelain
Size 6 inches by 4 inches
Price available in the gallery

I love the history of art, particularly in regards to animal painters. I saw a glorious Saluki pictured in an old Saluki periodical that so much reminded me of the deer sable dog in Ward's painting. I painted my own vision of this dog in a similar motif.

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One Blood

One Blood
Image Details
Title One Blood
Date 1989
Breed Wolf
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 11 inches by 11 inches
Price $1,000.00

I wanted the challenge of painting the wolves, primal relatives of our favorite pets. I painted them in moonlit song.

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Yankee Gray

Yankee Gray
Image Details
Title Yankee Gray
Date 1988
Breed Gray Fox
Media Acrylics on Panel
Size 10 inches by 8 inches
Price $800.00

This little cousin of our dogs is living all around us, but seldom seen. I particularly love to hear their eerie calls in the night.

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