With bold strokes of vibrant color,celebrate your special pet in an impressionistic work of contemporary art, by San Diego artist Marna Schindler. Order a custom
pet portrait today!
After earning a fine arts degree from San Diego State University, Marna worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for over 15 years. Now a full-time
painter, Marna finds inspiration daily from her own fabulous feline Hopper, as well as from her travels across the colorful southwest. Combining her deep
affection for animals and art, Marna “fell into” painting pet portraits a few years ago, when a painting for a friend garnered an overwhelming response (“Happy
Hank”, above).  Marna delights in capturing the spirit of her subjects using vivid color and a unique expressive style.  As of 2008, Marna is honored to have
already painted over 100 four-legged friends.  A percentage of the proceeds from Marna’s pet portraits is donated yearly to non-profit organizations and
shelters benefiting animals.  Marna currently lives and paints out of her studio in downtown San Diego, California.

To inquire about commissioning an original pet portrait by Marna featuring your own best friend, visit DoggonitArt.com.
Hurray!  This year marks my tenth year
painting beloved cats, dogs, and other
animals for families all over the US, Canada,
France and even New Zealand!  I'm blessed
& honored to have been entrusted to portray
your furry little ones in paint, endeavoring to
capture their personality, spirit and
joie de
for you to treasure always.

Below you'll find a bit of what I've been up to
as a full-time gal-with-a-paintbrush for the
last several years.  I hope to see you at an
art festival or gallery event in the future.  
Thank you for visiting!
With adorable Ethan, the personality-plus
Pomeranian, and his just-completed portrait. I
was thrilled to meet him and his mom in person.
Over 400 pet portraits completed, of happy dogs, cats, horses, chickens, parrots (and a donkey and a
pig) as of  August 2015!

Awarded "Best in Painting"  Sedona Arts Festrival, October 2014

Painting "La Jolla Shores Afternoon" selected as holiday card image for La Jolla Shores Hotel and
Beach and Tennis Club, La Jolla, CA Decenber 2014

Artist Advisory Committee, Tempe Festival of the Arts, 2008-present

Featured Artist: San Diego ArtWalk, April 2007,
and 30th Anniversary San Diego ArtWalk, April 2014

Featured Artist: 30th Annual Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts, March 2007

Featured Painting: "Sand and Sea" chosen for San Diego ArtWalk's commemorative t-shirt, 2008

Proud mom of two purrsonality-plus kitties, Hopper and Natasha!
Television News Interviews
NBC 7 News Today, San Diego, August 23. 2013: Created and Finished a painting on-air   
in promotion for First-Annual ArtWalk NTC, August 24-25, 2013
San Diego Living Channel 6 San Diego, April 2012 (for Mission Federal Artwalk)
Fox 5 San Diego, April 2012 (for Mission Federal ArtWalk)
Fox 5 Phoenix (for Tempe Festival of the Arts Spring 2012)
Channel 3 Phoenix (for Tempe Festival of the Arts Spring 2012)
KTVK 3 News, Phoenix (for Tempe Festival of the Arts Spring 2007)
Fox 6 News, San Diego (for San Diego ArtWalk 2007)
NBC 7/39 News, San Diego (for San Diego ArtWalk 2007)

Articles, Publications and Press Releases
Mission Federal ArtWalk 30th Anniversary announces Featured Artists 2014
San Diego Pets Magazine, Pet Portrait Issue, May/ June 2009 (Feature article, featuring
pet portrait of
Tiller Gale)
Nashville Paw, Autumn Adventure Issue, Oct/Nov 2008. (Cover: pet portrait of Sabina
and Nelson; feature article: pet portrait of Toby and Leo )
Monsoon Magazine, Northern Arizona, article: "Van Gogh's Ear Presents Heather Johnson
Berry and Marna Schindler"
The Daily Courier, Prescott, AZ: Press Release for Two Views of Nature, October 2008
Arizona Collector's Guide 2008/2009 "Desert in Bloom"
SDPets, cover art (pet portrait of
Casey) and article "Pet Portraits—Local Artists Create
Lasting Impressions" May 2008
Coronado Eagle and Journal: "Purr-fect Pet Portraits" article about my art written by Nina
McDonald, August 2007
Centerlight Gallery La Jolla, press release for 2 person exhibit "Fire and Ice" 2007
Tempe Festival of the Arts, Featured Artist Official Announcement 2007

Select Exhibitions and Festivals
ArtWalk NTC@Liberty Station, San Diego, August 2013
Quail Botanical Gardens "Garden Expressions" Art Festival, Encinitas, CA 2009-2013
San Diego ArtWalk. San Diego, CA 2005-2014
Tempe Festival of the Arts, Tempe, AZ 2005-2014
La Jolla Festival of the Arts, La Jolla, CA 2009-2013
"Two Views of Nature" 2-person show at
Van Gogh's Ear Gallery, Prescott, Az; Oct. 2008
Del Mar Art Stroll, Del Mar, CA 2006, 2008-2013
Salem Art Festival, Salem, OR, 2011, 2012
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, Palo Alto, CA 2010-2011
Mill Valley fall Art Festival, Mill Valley, CA 2011
Kings Mountain Art Fair, Woodside, CA 2011-2013
Carlsbad Street Faire, 2009-2013
Rancho Santa Fe Art Festival, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 2007
Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona, AZ,  2007
Solo Exhibition: San Diego City Treasurer's Office, January-March, 2007
2-person Exhibition: "Fire and Ice", Centerlight Gallery, La Jolla, CA, May-July 2007
Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, Annual Members' Exhibition, June 2007, 2008
San Diego Museum of the Living Artist, juried members' exhibitions, 2007-2008

Gallery Affiliations
Van Gogh's Ear Gallery, Prescott, AZ
A Muse Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
Hillside Prints and Framing, Sedona, AZ
Romero Street Gallery II, Albuquerque, NM
Centerlight Gallery, La Jolla, CA

Select Donations
Rescue House, San Diego
San Diego Zoo Global
Phoenix Zoo
Project Wildlife, San Diego
Mercy for Animals
Rescue House, Encinitas, CA
San Diego Humane Society
Defenders of Wildlife
Friends of Cats, El Cajon, CA
Petco Foundation, San Diego, CA
FACE Foundation San Diego
Farm Sanctuary, Acton, CA
La Jolla Festival of the Arts, for individuals with disabilities
PAWS of Coronado, CA
YES on Prop 2 Campaign
North County Humane Society, Carlsbad, CA
Del Mar Village Association
Assistance Dogs of the West, Santa Fe, NM
Arizona Humane Society, Phoenix, AZ
Tucson Ballet
Public Schools Arts Program, Phoenix City Schools
Arizona Opera, Phoenix, AZ
Farm Animals Sanctuary, New York
Kafakumba Training Center, Zambia, Africa
Baja Rescue
Coronado Cares
Thanks for stopping by!
Dog and Cat Art by Marna Schindler
On NBC 7 News Today
with Whitney Southwick.
Over the course of the
morning news, I painted
an entire painting, which
Whitney Southwick
purchased from me after
the show!