Auggie – Pastel Portrait

"Auggie" Silky Terrier - Forever Pet Portraits.wordpress.comOne of the things I love about painting portraits of companion animals is expressing their unique character on canvas. Most of the time, I have to get to know them through the memories of their owners and the many photographs they send.  But for this 9×12 pastel portrait, I had the rare pleasure of meeting Auggie, a very spirited but shy Silky Terrier, shortly before he passed. In person, Auggie’s silky fur was flat and smooth and long, but his owner had also sent me many pictures of him with his hair cut short and tousled, which I thought spoke volumes about the big attitude that smaller dogs like Auggie often have.

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Pixiefly

Pixiefly was born from a sketch I made one dreary winter afternoon while dreaming of summer flowers and all the lovelies they attract to the garden.

2017-12 Pixiefly (1) ink

Pixiefly is dainty but she takes up most of a 9” x 12” sheet of art paper and was drawn in permanent ink, so it really pops off the bright white background. This gorgeous original work of art can be yours for $250 plus S&H. Does not include matting or frame.

Native American Trail Marker Tree Pastel Portrait

2018-7 Trail Tree - Doughty (8)I have been painting portraits of people’s fur babies for many years so you can imagine my surprise when a client who commissioned me to paint his family’s Boston Terrier (See my last post, Bentley, The One-Eyed Wonder Dog) also asked me to paint a portrait of a tree.  And it wasn’t just any tree but an ancient historic Native American trail marker tree. The family had been farming this land for many generations and knew there were some special things about its history. What they didn’t realize was the historic significance of this one massive, oddly-shaped tree, which is well over 300 years old.  Doug found my article on Indian Bent Trees, which sent him on an educational journey that would add another branch of history to his family’s farm and encourage him to educate others in his area about these rare historic markers. Trail trees are bent over while they are saplings and lashed to the ground. As the tree grows, it acts as a pointer that direct others along the trail to a special place in the landscape.  In this case, the trail tree was most likely pointing to a very active spring and a rare waterfall, and possibly, a traditional ceremonial ground. I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to paint this gorgeous historical tree.

You can read more about trail marker and bent trees at my main blog, Show Me Oz:

Indian Bent Trees: History or Legend

https://showmeoz.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/indian-bent-trees-history-or-legend/

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Thunderbird Turtle Painted Turtle Shell

The turtle is a slow but determined creature with the power of the Thunderbird contained within his shell.

Also painted on the inside of the shell and signed. More pictures available on request.

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A note to animal lovers everywhere: This turtle shell is that of a Three-Toed Box Turtle, indigenous to the Missouri Ozarks. I found this shell on my property long after the living turtle had died of natural causes. No turtles were harmed in the making of this work of art.

Turtle Woman Painted Turtle Shell

Turtle Woman brings life to the world as she dances among the stars.

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A note to animal lovers everywhere: This turtle shell is that of a Three-Toed Box Turtle, indigenous to the Missouri Ozarks. I found this shell on my property long after the living turtle had died of natural causes.

Spirit Pony Painted Skull

Spirit Pony Painted Cow Skull Original Art

The Spirit Pony rides through the endless plains of Heaven in search of the One.

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A note to animal lovers everywhere: All of the skulls that I use in my art originate from small, local family farms – not industrial feed lots or CAFO’s. Most often, these animals died of natural causes in the same fields where they lived out their lives.

Bentley – The Perfect Gentleman

Bentley Boston Terrier Artwork Copyright 2018 Jill HendersonBentley was a Boston Terrier that was known by all as the “one-eyed wonder dog!” Bentley had a big personality, enjoyed riding in the tractor, playing ball, and loving on his people.

Doug D. says of his custom 9×12 full-color pastel Forever Pet Portrait:
We received Bentley’s portrait today.  Beautifully done!  It is a treasure…life-like and captures him perfectly!  Excellent work!  Barb says to tell you she loves Bentley’s portrait and “thank you!”

Jungle Tiger – Charcoal

2017-12 Bengal Tiger Eyes - final charcoal (2)Watch Out! The piercing eyes of this gorgeous life-like Bengal Tiger will follow your every move!

This rectangular borderless charcoal portrait by Jill Henderson is centered on a crisp white 8.5 x 11 heavy paper canvas. When mounted in a large 9 x 12 or 14 x 18 frame and extra-wide black matting this one-of-a-kind work of art will create a seriously dramatic focal point in any room. Yours for only $250.00 plus S&H!

Matting and framing not included. Image copyright 2018 Jill Henderson. No reproduction or use of any kind without express permission.

Northern Saw-whet Owl – Pastel

Northern Saw-whet Owl pastel copyrightThis soft pastel painting was inspired by a lovely wilderness-filled summer that was haunted by the calls of a pair of these tiny “cat-faced” owls whose eyes seem to be the biggest part of their bodies.  Saw-whet owls are found throughout the United States and southern Canada but this little guy will feel right at home just about anywhere you want to hang him.  As a lover of birds in general, I have an especially soft spot for owls. This large 9×12 pastel painting fits into an 11×14 frame, but if you opt for a larger frame with plenty of matting this work of art will be the focal point of any room.  This original one-of-a-kind work of art can be yours for only $225.00 plus S&H. Does not include S&H or matting & framing.

Songbird Quartet

These four original detailed soft pastel portraits of native songbirds (Cedar Waxwing, Cassin’s Kingbird, Barn Swallow, and Hooded Oriole) are matted and signed by me. Visually stunning when hung together.  Dimensions: 9×12.
$150.00 each or $550.00 for all four original paintings! Shipping not included.
To view individually, click on images above or open the Fine Arts Gallery here.

Thunderbird Painted Skull

Thunderbird represents the power of the Creator as He brings forth food and medicine for the People through sometimes violent storms that bring rain and life to the Earth and it’s inhabitants.


Dimensions: 17″ L x 9″ W.  Signed, wired, and ready to hang.  $300.00
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A note to animal lovers everywhere: All of the skulls that I use in my art originate from small, local family farms – not industrial feed lots or CAFO’s. Most often, these animals died of natural causes in the same fields where they lived out their lives.

‘Broken Arrow’ Painted Skull

The tranquil scene painted on this massive skull is one of grace, honor, and peace. The tepees represent People living in harmony with the earth, the broken arrow in the center symbolizes Nations coming together in a spirit of peace and cooperation, while the feather invokes trust, honor, strength, and wisdom to those who carry it in their hearts.

Dimensions: 19″ L x 19″ W.  Signed, wired, and ready to hang.  $350.00  
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$200.00
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A note to animal lovers everywhere: All of the skulls that I use in my art originate from small, local family farms – not industrial feed lots or CAFO’s. Most often, these animals died of natural causes in the same fields where they lived out their lives.

Flying Flowers Painted Skull

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I have always enjoyed playing with lines, curves, and contours and this little skull provided the perfect canvas to play on.  While the main focus of this piece is the large and intricate “Flying Flower”, the missing nasal bones serendipitously provided the perfect contours for a more elusive butterfly hidden behind the first.

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Dimensions: 17″ L x 8″ W


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A note to animal lovers everywhere: All of the skulls that I use in my art originate from small, local family farms – not industrial feed lots or CAFO’s. Most often, these animals died of natural causes in the same fields where they lived out their lives.

Sky Bear Painted Skull

2013 Sacred Sky Bear (8) finished (600x800)

In many native cultures, the bear is among the most sacred of animals.  Not only are they strong and powerful, but gentle mothers and thoughtful souls. This work was inspired by a real grizzly paw cast from our friend, Chuck Jonkel, one of the most prominent bear biologists in North America. Sky Bear represents the dream world of sacred beings and the life force of the planet as perceived from our earth-bound perspective.

“Sky Bear “- original acrylic painting on cow skull.  SOLD!

A note to animal lovers everywhere: All of the skulls that I use in my art originate from small, local family farms – not industrial feed lots or CAFO’s. Most often, these animals died of natural causes in the same fields where they lived out their lives.

The Sacred Circle of Water Cow Skull

Sacred-Circle-of-Water-by-Jill-Henderson-2.jpgThe Creator sends water to the earth that we may live.  It begins in the clouds as rain, filling icy mountain streams and rivers that flow to the ocean or dive deep into the heart of the earth before beginning its journey once again in the endless Circle of Life.  To guide the water’s journey through the circle, two spirit Rain Crows fly headfirst into the sky, where their colorful feathers rest in the heart of the Sacred Circle.

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A note to animal lovers everywhere: All of the skulls that I use in my art originate from small, local family farms – not industrial feed lots or CAFO’s. Most often, these animals died of natural causes in the same fields where they lived out their lives.

Rudy – Graphite Portrait

Rudy - Copyright 2011 Jill Henderson

Wow!  I love it!  What a great job! He looks so sweet!

Milo – Pastel Portrait

Milo - Copyright Jill HendersonDear Jill,  I wanted to let you know we got Milo’s picture.  It’s fantastic.  You really captured his spirit in his eyes and his smile is perfect.  Thanks so much for the effort you put into it.

Ali – Pastel Portrait

Ali - Copyright Jill HendersonDear Jill…. Ali made my wife cry.   You really captured [his] essence.

Bucky – Pastel Portrait

Bucky - Copyright Jill HendersonDear Jill,  I received the pastels today.  They were awesome! 

Parker – Pastel Portrait

Parker - Copyright Jill HendersonDear Jill… you really captured Parker’s “pout” expression!  Thanks!
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