studio helper

studio helper

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Oil on museum quality Ampersand Gessobord panel
6" x 8"
 I recently started a series of portraits of cats and dogs who, through no fault of their own, have wound up in shelters here in Maryland.  I won't use this post as a diatribe against those insensitive owners who turn in their pets for such lame excuses as:  "He peed outside the box," or "My boyfriend/girlfriend didn't like him/her," or "He's sick or old," or, God forbid, "She scratched the sofa," et cetera, et cetera.  It breaks one's heart to see these little guys and gals staring out of their cages with imploring eyes, their paws reaching out for a touch.  This tabby was at the Maryland SPCA.  According to the tag her name is Kirei.  They are a no kill shelter so I know this girl will land on her feet. A portion of the sale of this painting and all from the "Rescue Series" goes to them to help with their efforts. 


  1. I applaud this series! Glad to hear also, that it's a no kill shelter. I've always enjoyed your cat portraits and the one that caught my attention was the little Tuxedo posted recently which reminded me of my precious girl whom we found unconscious in a city street gutter. We lost her to illness 12 yrs. later. Great series, Mark. P.S. Love your pic above w/ kitty helping in studio.