Friday, February 27, 2015

OUR MARCH SHOP OF THE MONTH - "THE DOG LOVER" - LEE ANN SHEPARD

This month we have chosen a beautiful shop and a beautiful lady for our Shop of the Month.  "The Dog Lover", Lee Ann, is a talented artist and a wonderful person.  After you see some of her items below, please continue reading as I am including her entire "about me" as well.  I could not write it any better, and I want you to really meet this lady. (AND to see her entire store, click on the title of the pictures below and you'll be taken to her shop)

The Dog Lover

She doesn't just paint dogs, she brings them to life on canvas, their personalities, their souls ... how beautiful!
Siberian Husky dog art CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 8x8
$19.99
Bearded Collie art CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 8x10 beardie dog portrait
$19.99
French Bulldog frenchie dog art CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 8x8
$19.99
Black and Tan Coonhound art CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 12x12 dog portrait
$39.99
Yorkshire Terrier yorkie dog art CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 12x16
$39.99
Beagle dog art CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 12x12
$39.99
Japanese Akita art CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 12x12 dog portrait
$39.99
Golden Retriever art print CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 12x16
$39.99
Dachshund art canvas print of dog painting by LA Shepard 11x14 dog portrait
$39.99
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog art CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 12x16
$39.99
Maltese dog art CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 12x16 christmas
$39.99
Irish Wolfhound art print CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 12x12 dog art
$39.99
Golden Retriever art print CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 11x14
$39.99
Pembroke Welsh Corgi art CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 12x16 dog portrait
$39.99
Coton de Tulear dog art CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 8x8 portrait
$19.99
Poodle art portrait CANVAS print of LA Shepard painting 12x12
$39.99

And now meet Lee Ann in her own words:

I have been a full time artist, specializing in animal portraiture, since my husband was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2006. Since he could no longer work, we had to close our wholesale business. At 54 , I needed to find a way to support our family and take care of him 24/7. Luckily, I had my art ability to fall back on, and I have been painting diligently ever since. I feel blessed to have been able to work at home and look after my husband at the same time. I count my blessings daily, as I could not have gotten through this without the support of my family, friends and all the new friends I have made through selling my work. I have learned so much, but especially - not to waste a moment!

Gary Shepard, my incredible husband, passed away in the early morning hours on Sept 26,2010 surrounded by his family. His battle with brain cancer was a long one, yet it seemed far too short for those that loved him so dearly. We have a huge hole in our lives as he was a man who never stopped giving , even when he became so physically impaired that he could barely move.

Throughout his illness he had an idea to start a movement of giving. He wanted people to celebrate their birthday by giving a gift to someone in need. He felt that if each of us could be charitable each year on the day that they were born, then the world would be a kinder place. As a family that suffered through a devastating illness, we were always so moved when an act of kindness was done for us as our world fell apart. So, we ask of you, to take a moment, as you celebrate your date of birth, to share an act of kindness. Whether it be a gift of money to a family in need, or shovelling the driveway of an elderly neighbour, or buying a mosquito net for a child in a land far way- no matter what the gift- we ask that it become a yearly habit. And then share the idea with those that you know. Then perhaps the movement will bloom and the world will become a kinder, gentler place. This was Gary’s dream for our future, and I promised him that we would do our best to spread the word to fulfill his dream.

If you would like to share what you plan to give on your birthday, or just read about the movement- please join our face book group “Giving for Gary”
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=129513710432628&ref=mf
started by his children in memory of their Dad. And remember, no gift is ever too small, especially if you are blessed to celebrate yet another year of life.



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