One of my friends on Facebook, Donna Gregg, is a cheesehead — aka resident of Wisconsin — and she does dog portraits.
Donna and I connected because she is also a dog lover, canine rescuer, and intelligent person. Among her many talents is the ability to do 3-D dog cariacatures in crochet. Recently she returned to her first love: pencil and paper.
The dog portraits I saw on Facebook looked nice, but when I got one of her works in the mail as an early Christmas present, I was astounded by her likeness of our American Bulldog mix: Cochise. No photograph or scan I’ve done can do it justice, it is so life-like and detailed.
Below are just a few of the dog portraits she has done:
In case you’re admiring her work and wondering if she accepts commissions, the answer is “Yes, she does.” She’ll need a clear photograph of your dog’s face to work from and can portray multiple dogs in one portrait. Donna’s fees are reasonable and if you give her the secret phrase, “Cochise sent me”, she will donate half of her fee to Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue. The portrait comes matted and ready to frame.
About Donna Gregg
and her Dog Portraits
How do I love dogs? Let me count the ways. When I was a wee tot, my drawings of dogs didn’t look like other kid’s pictures. Theirs had stick feet and round bodies, and mine actually had paws with the correct number of toes. Then I graduated to cartoons of dogs. I thought to myself, I’m on to something!
Then life happened and I became an IT geek and didn’t draw for decades. I then morphed my love of dogs with my crochet hobby, and began making caricatures of friends’ pets with yarn. The bigger the feet, the bigger the nose, the better.
Then the little light under my bushel basket said “Hey, remember me: Pencil and paper?”, and my first dog portrait happened. And then another, and then another. I love bringing pets to life on paper; a number of my pieces are memorials for pets who have passed away.
The bottom line: I love using my talents to make people happy. I hope I can bring some joy to whomever reads this.