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,
|Scully and Casey
12 x 24"
|Casey has since gone over the rainbow bridge, but his wonderful memory lives on
fiercely. His good buddy Scully remembers him too, and not a day goes by that ol'
Casey isn't in living large in someone's heart and thoughts. I had the great fortune
to get to know Casey in his last years, and his sage, wistful expression and loving,
loyal heart touched me deeply. Casey is a special soul and he will be missed!
We have two furry family members who like in many families can be loving, irascible, and
entertaining. As Casey, who at times strikes an attitude toward the younger Scully, grows older it
occurred to me that it would be great to have our guys captured by Marna and pictured in
Marna's special style. Her interpretation of Casey's alpha cat attitude juxtaposed to Scully's look
just before nodding off is one that was first captured in a series of photos. Marna worked with
us throughout the process giving ample opportunity for input and further suggestion. Our
successful working relationship allowed me to give Marna free rein in the final rendition. It
wouldn't be art without that freedom now would it? - Kathy, Coronado
|DoggonitArt and all images copyright 2009 Marna Schindler. All rights for reproduction remain with the artist.