Cosmo- bright eyed inquisitive boy who was "red tagged", rescued 14 years ago.
Willow- adorable Scottish Fold, loves to snuggle in the blankets, with her fur-mates, on a pillow...
Dakota- exotic shorthaired cutie that likes to be wherever his furry or non furry family are.
Cosmo, Willow & Dakota Ornaments ©Shelly Burden 2013
Olivia's comment on her trio: "They look absolutely gorgeous!"
Although this memorial was painted from 1 of a few photos the family had of this much loved, now very missed pretty mix breed, even if shown a dozen I couldn't have chosen a sweeter image.
Bella Memorial Ornament ©Shelly Burden. All rights reserved
Diane had this to say:
Shelly - I am telling you, truly - that you amaze me. It is more than perfect. I love your work. My girlfriends and I always do ornament exchange during the holiday's. This Christmas will be so fun to give such memorable ornaments....."

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This pampered pooch's portrait was a gift to a pair of doting dog parents, from their daughter Rachel.
Tiger 5x7 ©Shelly Burden 2013 All rights reserved
This spunky girl dog keeps her family entertained, is totally adored and loves them right back!
Special shout out thanks to Robyn for choosing me to paint her pets, provide her gifts and for sharing my name with others. 

Robyn wrote: Oh Shelly!!!!!  I love it!  Grace looks more beautiful than she already is!!!!!!!
Grace 5x7 ©Shelly Burden 2013 All rights reserved.
Shhh, it's a surprise. This appealing little muffs portrait is Robyn's gift for a friend.
"Layla" 5x7 Watercolor ©Shelly Burden 2013

Although shy, there's nothing subdued about this sweet pussycats peepers, they are mesmerizing, aren't they? 
"Mimi" Ornament keepsake ©Shelly Burden 2013. All rights reserved.
Understanding her coworkers grief over Nellie's passing, Deena gave a keepsake to honor a little fur friend. 
Nellie Ornament ©Shelly Burden 2013 All rights reserved
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Jix & Emma. 5x7 Watercolor Portraits. ©Shelly Burden 2013 All rights reserved
Kathy said this about her portraits:
Jix:"Awesome, that's my pretty old girl. Thank you so much!
"
Emma:"Love it, it's her sweet little (sometimes conniving) face."
A gift from friends, the timeless quality of graphite suits this special memorial portrait of Lucy's Grandma, who left the legacy of being nice, pleasant.
5x7" Graphite ©Shelly Burden 2013 All rights reserved
"Obie was adorable from the first. A little poker face but would light up when Mom came home, would do his happy dance."  Bill
"Obie" Ornament. ©Shelly Burden 2013
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"A friend of mine's kitty cat passed away. I wanted to do something special to honor him for her birthday & immediately thought of you. Can you do one of your lovely ornaments with the picture I snuck from her Facebook page? " Crystal

Crystal had this to say about her gift, "As a
lways, you amaze!  He's just perfect and know will be cherished by my friend. It's been an absolute pleasure. You never disappoint."

Louie. Watercolor Ornament ©Shelly Burden
"I don't know what was more fun...admiring each cute furry face as it arrived via email, or working with Laurie on this special birthday gift! "  
Cade, Bobdog, Haley and Scully. 11x14 Watercolor ©Shelly Burden 2013
Isn't Rascal the cutest? Even his name is adorable! This is Diane's much loved & pampered little sweetie pie, whom I'm very sad to say, has passed since this ornament was painted. 
Tux: A look that exemplifies catitude? Cool A stunning pussycat! This ornament is a Christmas gift for a friend of Diane's.
Cuda: A gorgeous shepherd, and a special ornament being a memorial keepsake.
Rascal, Tux and Cuda. Ornaments. ©Shelly Burden 2013
With the exception of Rascal, Diane will be giving these to her family & friends this upcoming holiday season.
Diane's reaction to Miette & Zoe? 
"Your work is so much more awesome than I expected!! I just LOVE it! 
To Olive & Sadie? Rascal, Tux & Cuda? "ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!! I LOVE THEM ALL - with Rascal as my favorite, of course. Thanks for everything!  Diane
Olive: Shhh, it's a secret, but Diane had me paint this fluffy faced keepsake for her friends gift.
Sadie: Diane shared this about Sadie. "My husband's sister-in-law precious golden.  She recently passed away."
Olive and Sadie. Commissioned Ornaments. ©Shelly Burden 2013
"Miette and Zoe are "Coton de Tulear" dogs that could not be more opposite in personalites. Zoe is the oldest, and barely tolerates Miette. Miette is small and fiesty and always looking for a confrontation."
Miette and Zoe. Commissioned 8x10 Watercolor. ©Shelly Burden 2013
Shadow: A homeless dog turned into a sweet and loving girl-all through a families determination to rescue her! It doesn't get much better than that! :O)
Shadow 8x10 ©Shelly Burden 2013
 
Shadow 8x10 ©Shelly Burden 2013
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Shadow Memorial ornament ©Shelly Burden 2013
Shadows story of homelessness, hunger and fear broke my heart; but loved the rescue made by pet parents Mark and Mary. And their "failure is not an option" attitude in helping this girl to become a sweet and trusting companion.
 
Thank you Mary for choosing me to paint this series of portraits for Mark's birthday!
Westie's named from their families Scottish clans, with tartans to match! Aren't these 3 "teddy bears" adorable?
Adelko, Forbes & Lindsey. 11x14 Watercolor portrait. ©Shelly Burden 2013
Can finally share without ruining the surprise!
This cutie's portrait is a retirement gift for a respected boss, & his 2nd "Burden", having painted his pet as a Christmas gift.
 

Parker 5x7 Watercolor. Commissioned Portrait. ©Shelly Burden 2013
Ginger (lab mix), rescued from a shelter. Initially aggressive but now completely sweet & loving. Enjoys hikes and swimming. Laura H
Ginger. 8x10 Commissioned Portrait. ©Shelly Burden 2013
Lexie, rescued from a neighbor. Loves walks & bird watching. Laura H
Lexie. 8x10 Commissioned Portrait. ©Shelly Burden 2013
Topaz- A beauty in all ways. A day doesn’t go by that we do not think of Topaz. She was such a special girl." 
Maddie -"Moody but clever" Reagan-"Even tempered. She is very strong and quite the leaper."  Pet Mom AnnaMaria
Topaz, Maddie & Reagan 11x14 Watercolor. Private Collection (Thank you!) ©Shelly Burden 2013
Honored to be among the artists chosen for the "Touches of Hope" exhibit at the Southlake Town Hall Sept. 8-Oct. 31, 2013.
“Faith Family Fight” 9x12" Acrylic $249 framed. ©Shelly Burden 2013
The abstract nature of this piece symbolizes the difficulty in identifying (ovarian) cancer, while sharing a message of inspiration.
Grover, a rescue now in his forever home. A rough & tumble kind of boy who's a friend to everyone he meets.
Grover 5x7 Commissioned portrait ©Shelly Burden 2013
This adorable muff is the 2nd portrait I've done for Katie.
Her reaction?
"Absolutely awesome!
I hope you like referrals as I already have had three people ask for your information. Everyone loves your work!
And I love her note! :O)
This little gal is wary of strangers but loves walks and having her neck massaged. 
Darby 5x7 Commissioned portrait ©Shelly Burden 2013
Xavier, an abandoned then rescued husky-malamute mix. Loves having a ball kicked past him, to be pounced on as it rolls by. He also loves to play take-away, is extremely friendly & very popular in the neighborhood and local dog park.
Xavier. Ornament keepsake. ©Shelly Burden 2013
 
Though from NYC, before his sudden passing, Max enjoyed 3 months of romping through the Tuscan countryside with his pet parents Kristina and Renato. That had to be a wonderful time! 
Max. Memorial ornament ©Shelly Burden 2013
If the walls could talk, it'd tattle the antics of 5 friends & their 18 years of growing up together. Family & friends gave this home portrait as a 40th wedding anniversary gift.
5x7" Home portrait. ©Shelly Burden 2013
Theo is the happiest dog. He's excited about walks, food, laps, food, people, other dogs, did I mention food? :O) He always seems to be smiling!
Theo 5x7 Commissioned portrait. ©Shelly Burden 2013
"Sweet little flirt! He loved to sing "Happy Birthday" with his brother. We had him for 14 wonderful years" Tami
Chichi. Memorial Ornament ©Shelly Burden 2013
Nemo, 4 yrs & Kirby, an 11 year old Westie mix, enjoy cuddling on the couch tucking themselves in amongst the pillows.
Nemo & Kirby ornaments. ©Shelly Burden 2013
When ordering this gift for her parents, Deena laughingly mentioned how spoiled their fur baby was...I wonder if Fritz would agree... 
Fritz. Commissioned ornament. ©Shelly Burden 2013
Deena's reaction? "It's wonderful!"
Zach passed awhile ago, but Lindsey's been searching for something special to do in his memory.
With his soft eyes and tumble of curly fur, Zach was gorgeous, and I'm honored she chose my work for her parents keepsake.
Zachary 8x10 Commission ©Shelly Burden 2013
Riley, a 1 yr old Whoodle (Wheaton Terrier & Poodle) with tons of energy & personality!
5x7 Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013
A gift for her daughter, Patty wrote: "Looks great – my daughter is going to love it!"
Proud pet parent Terry already owns a 5x7 portrait of his girl, but when he contacted me to paint these ornaments I was only too pleased to once again be adoring Ms Mew's impish look!
Ms Mew Ornaments. Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013
"Charlie & Indie love the pool and running in the back yard. Both are big hearted, kind and gentle. They've changed our lives for the better. They're a joy to come home to." Bruce & Bob
Indie & Charlie 8x10 Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013

Although Zora and Jazz's ornaments are memorial, the book written about Zorro, by his "Mom", is testimonial to the loving home all 3 have enjoyed. 
Zora, Jazz & Zorro. Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013
A gift for her in-laws, Cindy had this to say: "The ornaments of Zorro, Zora, & Jazzy looked spectacular on their tree. They just kept thanking me over and over for them."
This adorable little muff is Bella, a 3 year old Shih-Poo.

Bella 5x7 Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013
Bobbie's comment about her cutie pie: "Wow...you did such an amazing job. I will treasure this forever."
With Bo visiting, and wanting to have a portrait painted for their son, Sandy & Randy slyly jumped at the opportunity to take some photos. Though the handsome Bo has cataracts and the photos didn't show both ears flopped, was able to "fix" all that for this keepsake.  
Bo 5x7 Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013
Can finally share without ruining the surprise! Painted from an aging and thought lost but recently found favorite photo, this portrait was a very special Mother's Day gift. 
Phillip 8x10 Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013
Bree & Bobo: truly as married as most couples. They argued, laid cuddled together and cried when separated.
Bree & Bobo. 11x14. Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013
Blue: Stop petting him and his nose lifts your hand in command to continue. He's always cuddling next to someone. Angel: Enjoys alone time, opening cabinets to get into the trash and soap. 
Blue & Angel. 8x10. Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013
A gift for my bestie Mary; an awesomely creative artist and the kindest person I know. Happy 25th Mary & Jerry!  

Jake. Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013
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Isn't this fun? Perfect for a child's room!
"Stretch" 5x7" Watercolor
Unframed original $119
Print $10
"My in-laws four-legged children, were named by my daughter. It's great hearing Grandpa yell Hannah, Montana to call them! :O)They're given meals of home cooked chicken & rice & hand made cushions for car rides. I know these ornaments will be cherished for years to come." Crystal
Montana & Hannah. Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013

What's a girl to do when her Dad raves about his Springer Spaniels cleverness and striking good looks? Gift him with a keepsake of his companion, that's what! :O)
Ruff. Private Collection. ©Shelly Burden 2013
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The cherished 1st sign of spring in Texas!
Bluebonnets 5x7" Watercolor Original. $119 unframed ©Shelly Burden 2013
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