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SOAR Welcomes Pet Portrait Artist Dana Feagin

Wide-Eyed Red, pet portrait in oil by Dana Feagin, Inspired Pet Portraits

Wide-Eyed Red, pet portrait in oil by Dana Feagin, Inspired Pet Portraits


…Along with many thanks for inviting us to speak about SOAR at the bimonthly artists meeting at the Ashland Art Center! Several artists joined forces with us as a result of that presentation and we’re very grateful to have new allies! You can find Dana’s complete collection of web links and contact information in Dana’s new listing in the Pet Portraits category of the Visual Artists directory. Please help us welcome her by sharing her listing with friends! Please note that Dana has asked us to syndicate her blog, so now you can read here posts as part of the community stream of content here at Art Matters!. Look for her column in the Artist Posts menu at the top of the page.

“I am an oil painter devoted to animal art, painting animals that I find interesting and amusing and commissioned pet portraits. My realistic style often uses solid colors or patterned backgrounds for a pop art feel, but I also love painting the faces of animals cropped very closely with no background at all. Many of my works feature animals from local rescue groups; 10% of my sales are donated to Sanctuary One in Jacksonville and Friends of the Animal Shelter in Phoenix, Oregon.”

We’re so proud of the many artists who donate and otherwise contribute to charities and causes here in Southern Oregon, and Dana’s work with Sanctuary One and FOTAS is greatly admired by many.


Here’s more about Dana from her website:


I live in Ashland, Oregon and paint out of my backyard studio, a recently renovated 100+ year old shed just a few short steps from my back door! My husband and I relocated from San Diego in 2006, ending our 20+ year corporate careers, to be closer to family and to spend more time doing the things that are important to us – and for me, it’s art!


I had taken many art classes at UCSD, and once we moved to Ashland, I discovered oil painting at Talent Studios. My first oil painting was of Oliver, one of our special needs dogs that had just passed away – I loved the process and the final painting.
When the class moved on to figure painting and portraiture, I really struggled to remain motivated. That’s when it struck me – all of the art I really loved creating had animals in it – even as a child, all my drawings and paintings were of animals. So, I embraced my desire to focus on animal art, painting a large rooster in class while everyone else painted the live model.
Soon after my “aha” moment, I painted all of our dogs and gave family and friends pet portraits as gifts. I enjoyed everything about the creative process and seeing the reaction when someone looked at their pet’s portrait for the first time.
Now, I paint animals that I find amusing and custom pet portraits, while donating 10% of my sales to local animal rescue groups. In my free time, I volunteer at our local animal shelter as a dog walker, and Sanctuary One, a farm animal rescue in Jacksonville, OR. I am also on the exhibiting committee and jury new artwork in at the Ashland Art Center.


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