Dog and Cat Art by Marna Schindler
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
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
Toby and Leo
24 x 30"
November 2007
Closeup of Leo
Digital mockups...
Toby and Leo
Toby and Leo are two spirited pups who live in Arizona with their loving
family. A Cairn Terrier and Labradoodle with personalities plus, these
charismatic canines envisioned themselves pictured in a colorful painting with
punch and fun. Because they won't always live in the desert, they thought an
homage to the distinctive saguaros would be a special touch too. After
working together with their family through email and digital mock-ups using
their photographs, we finally settled on the perfect composition and size. The
finished result features Toby and Leo together, energetic explorers of a pop
desert oasis.
I am just ecstatic! Thank you! Your work is totally over the top. Spectacular! I love the colors, the
fur, everything. You nailed it! IT IS PERFECT!! - Jennifer, Phoenix, AZ
DoggonitArt and all images copyright 2009 Marna Schindler. All rights for reproduction remain with the artist.
Toby and Leo
The Handsome Duo