Pet Portrait: Rosie

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Because Rosie’s portrait was a gift, I didn’t get to ask her owner what breed she is. I’m guessing either a Labradoodle or Goldendoodle, but I can’t be sure. Any guesses out there? Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Pip the Border Collie

Pip the Border Collie

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to draw a border collie! Well, the previously drawn Dexter is thought to me a lab / border collie mix, but you never know with some rescue dogs. All I know is that they’re one of the smartest breeds so they should know to come to me for all their portrait needs! 😉 No, but seriously, border collies, learn from Pip and bring me your business. Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Riley the Beagle

Riley the Beagle

It’s not always the easiest to add different breeds to pet portrait portfolio when a lot of my portraits come from commissions or the pets of friends, so I’ve started to turn to Instagram to hunt down dogs who would be willing to be the subject of my drawings. One of those I have lined up is of a beagle since my two mixes don’t quite have the typical beagle coloration to their faces, so of course that is the time that I actually am hired to draw someone’s beagle… Oh well! Beagles are at the top of my list of favorite dog breeds so I don’t mind staring at their faces! I say bring on more beagles! Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Dribbles the Boston Terrier


Not to take anything away from Chevy, the winner of the Boston Terrier photo contest who was the subject for a drawing I did recently, but there’s just something about Dribbles’ smile that I haven’t gotten over since originally seeing his photo at the time. GIVE HIM EVERYTHING HE WANTS! And go like his Instagram account to see more of that face: @dribblestheboston. Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Tux the Great Dane

Tux the Great Dane

Meet Tux, a very caring Great Dane who I am sure spends loads of time helping his mom out at Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Inc. And when he’s resting post his volunteer work, please, please tell me he thinks he’s a lap dog! How there is not a Tumblr page dedicated to photos of Great Danes smashing their owners into the couch baffles me. Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Chevy Chevelle the Boston Terrier


A couple months ago during one of my random trips to the AKC Museum of the Dog I happened upon a hoard of Boston Terriers running around like madmen in one of the larger rooms free of any artwork. Turns out, like many other groups and breeds, Boston Terriers of St. Louis Mo often has meetups there, and upon talking with one of the group’s leaders the idea arose to do a photo contest that would end in a portrait by yours truly. Continue reading

Paws For A Cause: Missoula Police K9 Halo


With my last pet portrait being of Missoula Police K9 Ryker, it’s only right that I do the second half of the 4-legged part of the K9 Unit in this department. Gotta say, this portrait of Halo might be one of my favorite portraits I’ve done yet! Continue reading

K9 Unit Portrait: MPD K9 Ryker & Officer Michael Kamerer

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A handful of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a part of the retirement of a K9 police officer from the Missoula Police Department, and now I can finally show you the portrait I did! Drum roll please! Yes, I know that the portrait was above and that you’ve already seen it so there’s no need for this reveal drumming, but I demand a drum roll! Here it is: Ryker and his partner in crime (stopping), Mike! Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Diesel and Oakley


Some of you may be thinking, “Geez, Lauren, you sure like to draw boxers!” Well technically this is correct because they’re pretty adorable, but more accurately I’m just lucky because there is one family out there who really loves their dogs. Does Diesel look familiar to you? Because he should. This is now the third portrait that he’s been featured in, along with a rotating cast of siblings. First Roxy, then Dior, now introducing…[drum roll noises]… Oakley! Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Willow the Airedale Terrier

Willow the Airedale Terrier

This past weekend was the 3rd Annual Airedale Carnival, an event put on to help support the organization Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption (ATRA). I’ve never seen an Airedale in person before, but now I can definitely vouch for their energy levels.  Get a bunch in one place and they sure have a lot to say to each other and a lot of excitement to share, that’s for sure! Continue reading