Pastel Portraits



"If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where
they went."
Will Rogers


“The smallest feline is
a masterpiece.”
Leonardo da Vinci


"A horse doesn't care how
much you know until he knows how much
you care."
Pat Parelli


“The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”
Mark Twain

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures;
they give unconditional love.
For me, they are the role model
for being alive."
Gilda Radner

"Be the person your dog
thinks you are."
C.J. Frick

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you
more than he loves himself."
Josh Billings

"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault really."
Agnes Turnbull

"Dogs are not our whole life,
but they make our lives whole."
Rodger A. Caras

"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen."
Orhan Pamuk

"Everything I know, I learned from dogs."
Nora Roberts

"Once when I had remarked on the affection quote often
found between cat and dog, my friend replied, 'Yes. But I bet no dog would ever confess it to the other dogs.'"
C.S. Lewis

"I've seen a long in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of
amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically
dogs think humans are nuts."
John Steinbeck

"When your children are teenagers, it's important
to have a dog so that someone in the house
is happy to see you."
Nora Ephron


“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods;
they have not forgotten this.”
Terry Pratchett.

“Time spent with a cat is never wasted.”

“I have lived with several Zen masters --
all of them cats.”
Eckhart Tolle

“There are no ordinary cats.”

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”
James Herriot

“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience.”
Pam Brown

“Dogs have their day but cats have 365.”
Lilian Jackson Braun

horse Portraits

"There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it's the risk, the gamble. In any event, it's a thing I need."
William Faulkner

"Riding: The art of keeping a horse
between you and the ground."

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has
which keeps it from betting on people."
W.C. Fields

"Riding is simple. . . it's just not easy."

"The horse knows. If you know, he knows.
He also knows if you don't know."
Ray Hunt

"Horses are predictably unpredictable."
Loretta Gage

"If you can lead it to water and force it
to drink, it isn't a horse."

“A horse’s behavior will be
in direct proportion to the number
of people watching.”
Cooky McClung

"Be wary of a horse with a sense of humor."
Pam Brown

"Riding becomes a break from reality,
a time when I know why I am."
Gawani Pony Boy

"I think jumping is the biggest thrill of all.
It's the closest thing to flying. Nothing feels better than galloping down to a big jump and having a horse take flight.
It's like being superhuman."
Nona Garson



I have always been drawn to and captivated by the beauty of the natural world and have sought subject matter and mediums that have allowed me to explore these themes. Creating pastel animal portraits and bringing these beloved family members to light is immensely satisfying, especially knowing how important these life partners are or have been.

I once wondered what it was that drew me to detail in my work, and it occurred to me that at a very young age, my blind father would ask me, “What do you see Carol Ann?". I learned to look and see, to discover details beyond a cursory glance.

After years of working as a graphic designer, I realized I needed to align myself more with the natural world. When I asked myself, “What do you really want to do,?” an inner voice said, “draw horses” (this may have been my 12-year-old voice). So, one portrait led to another and then to another...

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