Picture 46 I had grand plans for a year/decade end post…but time is slipping away. At the very least I want to express my enormous gratitude for all the people I have met friends, clients, mentors (many on-line folks who I have yet to meet in person) and my very supportive family, especially Rich. (And the dogs!) I would not be living my dream without all of you. I am amazed and grateful for all the incredible opportunities that came my way and it excites me to think what wonderous things this next decade has in store. So, let's dream big, don't let another day pass you by wondering 'what if?'  Fear regret, not failure…and most importantly (and tough for me) remember that it's about the journey, not the destination.

Warm Wishes and Safe Travels to You…

Picture 55Warm Wishes and Safe Travels to You…wherever you may be or are going this year for the Holidays. It's been a wonderfully busy season for me, but things are definitely winding down here. I have my last Pet Portrait pick up tomorrow (I'll share photos after all the gifts are given!) and I'll stick around the shop until about 3pm, hoping to help out any last minute shoppers! (Is it annoying that I sometimes say studio and some times say shop? Let me clarify, when the black cloth is on my work table it's a "Shop" and when it's not, it's my "Studio"…although I'm thinking of painting the table black then that all goes out the window!) Then we'll load up Izzy and Alice and hop in the car to head up to rural Warrens, WI to my my Mom's beautiful log house in the woods. It's the perfect place to visit at this time of year and I always have so much fun baking with my Mom, we will be creating our bi-ennial Gingerbread House.This is all providing that the weather cooperates…Picture 1 Before I go, I wanted to share this photo of Izzy from the other day…she is having
quite a rally lately, aside from the 'night time crazies' (a period of
45 minutes or so every evening when nothing seems to appease her…Rich and I are working on a song). And here's silly Alice careening around in the snow…she loves the white stuff!Picture 60
Merry Happy Holidays to You & Yours, Safe Travels, Peace and lots of Joy!!

Feature on Modern Cat Blog!

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Thanks to MODERN CAT BLOG for featuring my work and hosting this great Holiday Giveaway for Feline Lovers:  Visit their site to see the package which includes a ‘Feline Tips Tree’
Holiday Gift Mug with Candy, a Porcelain Cat & Wreath Ornament, one
Cat & Wreath Magnet, a 5 x 5 inch Mixed Feline Notepad, a 4 x 11
inch Mixed Feline Notepad, and one ‘Feline Tips Tree’ Holiday Greeting
Card PLUS the winner will receive a $150 discount certificate toward a
custom pet portrait box frame print!

To enter this giveaway, please visit and leave a comment.
The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on December 24.

8th Annual Holiday Open Studio Sale this Weekend!

Picture 34It's hard to believe it's going to be my 8th year doing the Holiday Open Studio Sale! The good news is that this year I do not have to clean my house : ) since I'm hosting it here at my beautiful new studio in Roscoe Village. There is so much more room and my gift selection is bigger then ever before. I'm also offering some really great discounts on select paintings and prints. For those of you who cannot attend, I've posted many items in my Etsy Shop under the Holiday Sale category and I will continue to add to that over the weekend.

WHAT: Annual Holiday Open Studio Sale   

WHERE: 2040 W. Roscoe in Chicago There is Pay Parking on my block but free parking on all blocks west and on surrounding residential streets.

WHEN: This Weekend! Saturday, December 19th from Noon-7pm &  Sunday, December 20th from Noon-4pm

WHY: To Shop and Visit and Toast the Holiday Season! Take advantage of the SALE and pick up some great gifts and art for yourself or your loved ones.

And while you're in the neighborhood, enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many wonderful cafes and restaurants and check out the other great boutiques!

Young At Heart...

Picture 1This is Ginger, she was our guest of honor on Saturday for the Young At Heart Pet Rescue Adoption Event…

Photo As you can see, she is a very sweet, laid back 10 year old Jack Russell Terrier Mix, just right for a family with older kids or senior citizens’. Her owner got sick and was no longer able to care for her, this is the plight of many dogs and cats that the Young At Heart Pet Rescue volunteers take into their homes to foster until new permanent homes can be found. Please visit if you would like more information about Ginger or to see more dogs and cats available for adoption from YAH.

Picture 6 Noelle, a great customer and supporter of animal adoption…doing a little Holiday Shopping for her family!

Picture 10With the wonderful crew of volunteers from YAH. Left to right, Matt Jans, Arlene Burkhardt, Dawn Kemper and Irene Tague and of course Ginger!

Picture 8YAH Executive Director, Dawn Kemper, prepares for the Raffle Drawing…and below, Jay Hirt, one of our Raffle Winners! Picture 6And Flipper! Jay’s wonderful German Shepherd who is among the very first Pet Portraits in my Portfolio. I did his painting way back in 2000, it’s called “Flipper’s Full Moon”.
Picture 15Flipper If you would like to learn about YAH or to make a donation to YAH, please visit


Picture 18"Tucker" one of the many dogs visiting my studio lately, with so many holiday shoppers out and about. We so appreciate all the neighbors who try to keep it local with their shopping!Picture 12

I've been in overdrive since the day after Thanksgiving, juggling the storefront hours, many Holiday Pet Portrait Commission Orders and deadlines, special events like Winterfest Weekend in Roscoe Village and this past weekend's event with Young At Heart Pet Rescue. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful to be so busy…but know when it's time to take it down a notch. I've been taking double doses of Airborne (I swear, it works) and vowed on Friday that Monday morning had to be a sleep in day. Picture 30 It made a big difference, I feel good and ready to tackle these next 10 days leading up to Christmas and have decided to let go of all the 'should of/could of demands on myself. For example should of done a better job of decorating my storefront windows, there was simply not enough time!

Wanted to share a recent Custom Baby Announcement Plaque…Picture 23 Here is one of the new designs now available in the 8×8 Float Back Print or 12×12 Box Frame Print format. Picture 22 Holiday Cards that I designed for the residents of Roscoe Village:Picture 19 Holiday Cards also available for residents of Evanston, I recommend ordering the matte finish after seeing some a customer had purchased on-line, they looked great!Picture 31

Lastly, these are some porcelain ornaments I made at Lill Street from a mold I created back in the 90's! Picture 33 the color seemed way off but that seems to be the story with me and glaze. Just ordered some DAS Clay that I can experiment with in my studio and paint with after seeing the gorgeous ornaments that Michelle Allen made with it, she is so inspiring!

Young At Heart Adoption Event at the Studio this Saturday!


This Saturday, December 12th, we will have some
wonderful Senior Dogs from
At Heart Pet Rescue
Available for Adoption and
ready to go home with you for the

Please join us for Holiday Treats and
Libations, a Raffle for the PAINTING below
and a Holiday Giftpack. Shop our Holiday Sale featuring 30-50%
off on Anne’s Older Original Paintings


  • What: YAH Pet Rescue Adoption Event
  • When: Saturday December 12th, Noon-3pm
  • Where: Anne’s Studio, 2040 W. Roscoe,


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Ladies who lunch…

Picture 6…must work into the night! I had no business going to lunch with these gals today, but you know what they say about all work and no play…Picture 5 We had a decadent lunch at my good friend Stephanie Samuels's wonderful Angel Food Bakery…I had the Chicken Pot Pie and had fun catching up with some of the original art girls…we all met doing the Bucktown Art Fest together back in the 90's!Picture 7 Check out these lovelies which I resisted, but of course Stephie gave us other surprise treats from the kitchen. Picture 10 It's always such a happy place to visit and if you're lucky you'll get to meet Madame Angel Food, herself!Picture 13 Finally finished all the portrait sketches and am heading home, yawn…and Winter has arrived in Chicago!

Art, Wine & Winterfest in Roscoe Village…this weekend!

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Hope you can drop by my studio this weekend for a cup of cheer if you are in the Chicago area, we would love to see you! We'll also be here Sunday from Noon-5pm….Ring a ling….

First snowflakes…

Picture 19 First Snowflakes!Picture 20