Hey y'all!

I always wanted to paint portraits...people portraits. Turns out I was no good at it so I painted a cow, and then another cow, and a llama, then a dog, then a cat and that's how I ended up here.  Thanks for stopping by!


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    Email me about custom pet portraits!


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    It's not too early to start thinking of Christmas.

    Custom pet portraits make great gifts!

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    Deadline for Christmas custom orders is December 1st.

"The 6x6" Lafayette Art Association Fundraiser

For the last few years the Lafayette Art Association (LAA) has been doing a really great fundraiser with 6"x6" canvases.  Members paint original paintings on 6x6 canvases. Buy a ticket for $45 and you're guaranteed a painting!  It's a great way to collect small pieces by your favorite local artists.  In addition to the 6"x6" painting, a few artists each year are asked to do a 12"x12" canvas painting which are put in a silent auction.  This is my second year I was asked to do a larger painting for the silent auction.  Mae Louise will be available at the auction on October 23rd.


6x6 FUNdraiser - Buy A Ticket, Take Home a Painting
 Exhibition:  10/4 – 10/23
Reception:  Sunday, 10/23 5:30 – 7:30
Tickets on Sale 9/1 ($45 ticket guarantees a 6x6 canvas)
Paula McDowell
6x6 Chair

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September 14, 2016

Giraffe Painting - Willow the Giraffe

Giraffes are probably my favorite animal to paint after cows.  I guess I had giraffes on the brain since I read an article about them a few days ago.  Scientists recently discovered there are 4 different species, not just one!  As a super nerd I find that so cool.  There is definitely some differences in the spots of the different species...guess I'll have to start paying attention when I paint them now!  

I've done a lot of giraffe paintings over the years, but none as colorful as this one!  Willow the giraffe would be a great addition to a kid's room or nursery.  

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September 14, 2016

Sea Turtle Painting - Franklin the Sea Turtle

One of my longtime friends asked me to do a custom animal painting for his girlfriend who loves sea turtles.  Franklin was a challenge...I'd put it up there with harlequin great danes (all the spots!)...but I enjoy figuring out techniques to paint different animals.  I'd never done a sea turtle painting before so I say not bad for my first try!

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September 09, 2016