I just had to thank you for the unbelievable job you did on the portraits of our dogs. You didn't just draw a beagle and a basset hound -- you drew my dogs. The way you captured their look and personality truly blew me away. Every time I look at the portraits, I see Sadie and Gretel, not just two dogs.
I wish to give you the highest recommendation to any one who has lost a pet they loved. Even my wife, who was never too fond of my hunting dog Sadie, started to cry when she saw your work! You are the Best!
--Chuck Lang, Pittsburgh, PA
I am drying my eyes. Great job. You are amazing Sue, just amazing. You got her eyes perfect, they are going to love the picture. Awesome!!!!!!!!
--Jill Catanzaro, Pennsylvania
Dear Sue: I wanted you to know how thrilled my sister was with her gift for a very special birthday. The two portraits of her sixteen year old cats, Marie and Pierre, were absolutely wonderful and so life like that she started to cry when she saw them. Thank you so much for making her gift so memorable!
--Irene Pagonis, Pittsburgh, PA
I want you to know how pleased I am with the pictures-you have managed to capture their essence, as well as their appearance. You are a talented artist! I love the pictures and will be contacting you to get some items with their images on them. Well done- I am truly impressed with your artistic skills.
--Kathy Drew (Irene's sister), Washington, DC
Just wanted to tell you that Frank loved the portrait of Lindsey! He couldn't get done talking about it and said what a beautiful job you did of capturing her perfectly. Thank you so much.
If I ever need another portrait done, I will definitely give you a call.
--Rhonda Noble, Oakmont, PA
Ya gotta love a dog who can open your refrigerator door with his nose and choose his own dinner! Some of Barkley's choices through the years have included our Easter dinner ham, entire loaves of bread, spaghetti, assorted cold cuts and his favorite--watermelon! We had to use duct tape to fasten those doors!
Our 100+ pound Lab/Boxer mix filled our lives with joy and merriment...and our hearts with love. From Barkley's shy, sheepish "ya caught me" look, to his strong, protective bark if a stranger approached, this dog enhanced our lives.
Sue Donley, our extremely talented neighbor/artist totally captured that persona in her beautiful painting of Barkley. Sue actually captured Barkley's personality as well as an excellent physical likeness. When I first saw the portrait, I literally gasped. It is shockingly excellent and emotionally touching. The obvious long hours required to create such a remarkable, perfectly toned likeness make it a very reasonably priced heirloom--because that is what it actually is.
Now that Barkley is gone, I treasure his painting even more. It captures his vigor, sweet disposition, loving nature, and, most especially, his refrigerator-opening tool! I smile, and occasionally even cry, just looking at it.
--Kathy Heller, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Sue, it's wonderful! Margaret called about an hour or so ago and said to give her compliments to the artist. She thinks Kitty's portrait and your skill are awesome!
Thank you so much!
-- Carole Anderson, Penn Hills, PA
Your fabulous portrait of my "Candy" brings back a rainbow of memories, Sue, a slideshow of the heart:
Borrowing her when her owner was going to be away for an afternoon. Driving around introducing her to family and friends. Babysitting when her owner was going to be out of town. Unbelieving, and so unbelievably overjoyed, when her owner - working longer and longer hours, decided that Candy needed a home with us.
Watching her sitting-pretty in a garden cart full of fall leaves just like it was the most natural thing in the world to do. Seeing her wiggle her way into the most resistant heart, totally opposite of the Chihuahua stereotype.
Thank you for bringing her back to life, Sue! Your portrait of her is a fitting tribute to one of the best of God's "creatures...small."
-- Carole Anderson, Penn Hills, PA
I JUST visited your friends site with the absolutely wonderful pics of the pets.........she is very talented and I LOVE the pencil sketching.......such great expressions......she is a really gifted lady.......and I think the two pics of Miss Kitty and Candy are just adorable.
Thank you so much for sending me that link, I really enjoyed viewing the pics and visiting.
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