Sunday, March 31, 2013


23" x32"
oil on canvas

I'm starting to work on some big paintings for a show next year, Feb. 2014. I have a few now and hope to have about 12 large works and a lot of small pieces. Not sure how I'm going to achieve this with my new schedule running the gallery, but I'm hoping for the best.

I found this image on an old lost and found poster. It said "Have you seen Snoopy?" I thought he was adorable with his big head and tiny legs. I'm hoping he was found, but I guess I'll never know. 

I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend!

I have put another painting up for auction. See all auctions here:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New Painting on Ebay

8" x 10"
oil on canvas

I have decided to put some of my paintings up for auction. I'm going to add a new one everyday as they are finished and give buyers the chance to buy them for reduced prices before they are added to my store at a regular price.
This painting is up for auction now. See auction here:

Don't forget I'm having an art show this Friday - hope you can join me!

Monday, March 25, 2013

"Tumbles" by Clair Hartmann

8" x 10"
oil on canvas

I did a commission painting in a previous post of Bella. 
Bella past last year and this was Bella's best friend, Tumbles. 

Here is a comment from the client...
"Oh, this painting is just wonderful!!! I was so delighted when I first saw it. Both pieces of artwork surpass and go beyond anything that I could ever image. You have an amazing gift and I am so thankful that you were able to share it with us. Both of these portraits of Bella & Tumbles mean so much to us and will be in a special place in our home for years to come. The detail you provided is just so breathtaking...the brush strokes, multi-toned colors used to show the depth and highlights and color of his fur, his nose and muzzle are just so realistic....and his eye's display his calm, intellectual, and loving soul. Once again, I can't thank you enough for creating both of these precious pet portraits."

I am having a show at the gallery this Friday from 5:00 - 8:00pm
Hope you can make it!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


8" x 10
oil on panel

I wanted to share this from the customer... this is why I paint pets... 
"It is simply is more than I ever imagined it would be. I started crying as soon as I saw it. You've captured Bella beautifully, her eyes display so much...and the detail, even down to the wisps of her hair. It is more than perfect...this painting will be held dear to my heart. I can't thank you enough. I also appreciate how quickly you created Bella's portrait. This painting is just wonderful!"

Sunday, March 17, 2013


oil on canvas

This post is in honor of Maggie. 
She past away April 11 last year. 
This portrait was purchased in an All Breed Rescue auction to help give another dog a new life. 

As I painted this, I thought about all the smiles and laughter Maggie probably brought to her family and how loved she must have been. There are so many dogs out there that have the same qualities possibly sitting in some cage some where waiting for a chance. Please, the next time your thinking of a new (fur) family member, check out the rescue places in your area. There are some really great pups (and kitties) out there that are waiting for someone just like you. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013


12" x 12"
oil on canvas panel

Most mornings I get up early to paint when the house is quiet and their are no distractions. After I feed Chumley and Frida, I'm off to paint something new.

After they eat, it's nap time and then when the house starts waking up, they listen...  this is the second favorite time of the day because the prospect of more food is imminent. They listen to every
little noise, they look and wait. It's really funny to watch - they are a constant source of entertainment. 

I have really great news... I am featured in Modern Dog Magazine this issue. I found out last night when I received a request for a large commission after they had seeing my work in the magazine.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Wilmington Alley

"Wilmington Alley"
12" x 12"
oil on canvas panel

I took this photo a few months ago and have wanted to paint a wilmington alley for awhile. I love the way everything is so dirty and wet on the street and the sunlight cutting into the buildings at the top. It truly is a metaphoric painting... light at the end of the tunnel? transformation? a new life?