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Custom Pet portraits and portrait earrings: dogs, cats and birds, Oh My! 

A big part of my success with being a working artist is my custom pet portrait work. Not only do I enjoy painting dogs, cats and birds, but while I am working on them I feel an instant bond or connection with the person the pieces are for. To be honest, this is one of the biggest motivators in doing what I do – that human connection. Check out the listing to get your own pet portrait here. They come with 3 size options and are reasonably priced! No pet is denied, I will paint any species, but dogs and cats are the most popular of course. 

Custom Pet portrait work from the past couple years…

  • I also love to hand-paint dog and cat breeds on tiny charm earrings. I paint the earrings on dense board with a light protective coating and your choice of hardware finishes. (Copper, bronze, surgical steel or gold plated) The earrings retail for $38 and are quite lightweight. Generally the earrings measure 2 inches from top to bottom, but can be made to order and as such, can be larger or smaller. The cat earrings can be found here and the doggies are here
  • Assorted popular dog breed hand-painted charm earrings

  • Feel free to reach out with any requests or questions! 
  • Assorted popular cat breed earrings

Hometown Inspired creations: Portland, Oregon

I first moved to Portland, Oregon after a messy breakup almost ten years ago. I healed, but I was not dialed in and did not enjoy the city as much as I should have. I settled in stumptown for good 6 years ago after a brief re-visit of NYC. This time around I fell in love, with a man and with this fair city. One of the biggest reasons I love it here is because I have hiking buddies and I get to see beautiful waterfalls regularly like WahkeenaWahclellaMultnomah, and Latourell

Clockwise, from top left – Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Wahclella Falls, and Latourell Falls

Staring into the roaring beauty that is Wahclella

I also like the look of my current hometown, with gorgeous glass and concrete structures against the backdrop of lush Forest Park and alive with beautiful bridges like FremontSteel, and my favorite – St Johns. And welcoming you to this wonderland is the famous Portland, Oregon White Stag sign! Such a beauty.

Hand-painted pdx bridge earrings, Clockwise from top left st johns 1, st johns 2, steel bridge blossoms, freemont bridge, steel bridge

White Stag Portland, Oregon sign in earrings, greeting card and giclee print

Another reason to celebrate living in the Pacific Northwest is the birds! I see them in the city, floating above me, crows cawingchickens clucking in neighboring yards, I see them in Forest Park at the Audobon Society, I see owls and auks and gulls and eagles and osprey and hawks on my hikes, and I see them as paintings and earrings and cuffs in my workstation at least once a week. That vile show that has contributed to messing with the vibe here in Portland joked about putting birds on things and I willingly live up to the silly stereotype.

ZP Paintings and Earrings, clockwise from top left: ode to a crow, finnegan falcon, crow earrings, crow portrait, glitter owls, steampunk rooster

Neighborhood Crow

Osprey soaring above Quarry Island

When I visit my favorite county, Skamania, on the Washington side of the Columbia River gorge I often see deer and elk, and once – a terrifying cougar.

The Bitter Elk cuff, daisy doe and buck earrings, and Cosmic Teal Elk earrings

I would be a fool if I didn’t mention the crown jewel of Portland, Mt Hood! The mountain is ever-present looming behind the city to the east, inspiring and beckoning all who see it’s granduer. One of my favorite views of the mountain is from Mirror Lake, a popular hike in my area.

An assortment of my Mt Hood earrings

Honorable mention goes out to the vibrant bike culture of Portland. And also the trees. My two favorite trees here are the Douglas Fir and the Ponderosa Pine! These things I have mentioned and many, many more keep me inspired and creations based on them take up permanent residence in my Etsy shop

My Multnomah print, bicycle earrings, Ponderosa Pine earrings and Steel Bridge print

Who knows where my adventures will take me this year? I know the area still has gems to reveal and with my new hiking buddies and my dearest, frequent hiking companion Seasons ready to discover them with me I am sure to be inspired to create all year long. Stay tuned!

Life on the edge at Spirit Falls overlook

Love for Yuri on Ice in Ikebukuro 

Inside a children’s theme park in Ikebukuro  (Namja Town) I found joy in themed foods based on a beloved anime series, Yuri on Ice. The series follows a small group of male figure skaters and their journey towards greatness. The series means a lot to me personally because of the two main characters (Yuri and Victor) and their relationship. Mitsurō Kubo, (the writer and artist) never really says “they’re gay”, never makes it a talking point in the show, and doesn’t have their sexuality defining them. This is refreshing because it certainly is not the norm in movies and television AND because I am not used to seeing such a positive portrayal of such a character, or any portrayals at all in many of my favorite shows. 

Suffice to say, eating the themed food today had me and my friend freaking out just a bit. 

Here are some highlights:

Katsudon Peroshki, one of the featured foods on the show. Yurio’s grandfather makes them to share with Yuri as his inner fat boy craves pork cutlet bowls.

Maccachin crepe! (Victor’s doggy)

Yuri on Ice, born to Make History. This tasted rough. 

Katsuki Yuri was yummy though,  as one would expect of him. 

Otabek is my best boy/favourite.

You too can enjoy these foods and some cat themed Yuri on Ice merch if you cruise over here by early May!