The Greyhound

When you walk into our booth at an art show, you may notice that there are a lot of greyhound items. The reason for this is, not only do we love the breed, but we do a number of greyhound specific shows throughout the year, so we always have plenty of greyhound items on hand.

Greyhounds are:

  • Members of the sight hound family
  • Have extremely keen eyesight
  • They can see up to a half mile away
  • They have a genetic chase instinct and love for running
  • The combination of genetic traits, and their training in racing makes it necessary for you to keep your Greyhound on a lead when they aren’t in an area that is totally fenced in. They hunt by sight, instead of smell, so they will probably get lost and not able to find their way home.

This ancient breed is the fastest dog in the world and can get up to speeds of over 40 miles per hour. Carvings of this regal breed were found in ancient Egyptian tombs as far back as 2900 B.C. It is thought that they are descended originally from the Arabian Sloughi and brought to England by traders prior to 900 A.D. Greyhounds were brought to America by the Spanish explorers in the 1500s. They were one of the first dogs to be shown in dog shows, and their natural quarry is the hare and rabbit, but they also have hunted deer, stag, wild boar, and fox. There are two kinds of Greyhounds being bred today: Show lines and racing lines. Nowadays, when Greyhounds retire from racing, most of them are adopted out through various Greyhound adoption groups.

Greyhounds make wonderful pets. They are laid back, affectionate, intelligent and very clean. Even though they are classified as large dogs, they are polite and easy to live with, even in an apartment. Males average weight is between 65 to 80 pounds, while females are a bit lighter and shorter, weighing in between 50-65 pounds. Some of them do well with cats and other small animals, while some do not. A lot of them are also good with children. They aren’t necessarily barkers but can pick up a barking habit.

Contrary to popular belief, Greyhounds do not need a lot of exercise, but will enjoy the time you give do give them. they’ll love a good fun in a fenced in field once a week or so, and this will keep them happy and fit. Ex-racers were trained to have good leash manners, and your Greyhound will love going for walks with you. Racers are trained for sprinting short distances and can be conditioned easily to be great jogging companions. They are not hyperactive dogs, and will also be content to follow you around the house, or live up to their nickname of “40 mph couch potatoes” and sleep for up to 18 hours a day.

Greyhounds also have practically no “doggy smell”, even when they are wet. Their short hair doesn’t generally shed much, but they do shed some. The occasional bath, nail clipping, and brushing are all the grooming that they require.

Generally very healthy, Greyhounds live between 12 and 15 years. Hip dysplasia or other genetic defects are very rare in ex-racers because of their selective, careful breeding for stamina and speed.

All in all, Greyhounds make easy to care for, friendly, loving and easy-going companions.

Make sure to get in touch with us to have your own greyhound or other pet turned into a work of art!

The Beginning

Why did I choose to create pet portraits?

Well, it’s quite simple: I have always loved animals and after graduating from Ringling, I knew I wanted to work for myself.

Animals have always been a huge part of my life. I grew up always having a family dog, and after graduating high school I purchased my first turtle. I've kept them ever since. After college, while working at the Sarasota Kennel Club, I absolutely fell in love with greyhounds.

Through a good friend, I realized that scratchboard was something that I was more comfortable with than a lot of other mediums.

Scratchboard is similar to the scratch paper you may have used as a kid, where you would scratch away a black coating to reveal different colors underneath.

Maybe you made your own with crayons like I did. Press real, real hard with all different colors of crayons, then press even harder with a black crayon and cover up all the color, lastly scratching out a picture from the black. What fun that was!

The board I use now is a Masonite board coated with white clay and then layers of black India ink. To transform my pieces into full color portraits, I also use colored India inks.

I started out with just scratchboard pieces, but in recent years as I've widened my repertoire, I added in my Ductanimals or Duct Tape pieces. Most recently I added my Soul Windows, using a technique I had learned in college.

All in all, these three techniques all have one major thing in common – they work from the negative, i.e. taking out highlights from a dark background instead of building up from white paper. I just work better backwards!

I absolutely love what I do. My favorite part of all, though? That is easy. It is the joy that I bring my clients with their custom-made portraits of their own precious babies.

I am so happy to have been blessed with this talent and enjoy using it to make others happy, too.

Please feel to contact me anytime at 888-203-7672 to see how I can bring a little happiness to you with a custom portrait of your own!