With bold strokes of vibrant color,celebrate your special pet in an impressionistic work of contemporary art, by San Diego
artist Marna Schindler. Order a custom pet portrait today!
After earning a fine arts degree from San Diego State University, Marna worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for
over 15 years. Now a full-time painter, Marna finds inspiration daily from her own fabulous feline Hopper, as well as from
her travels across the colorful southwest. Combining her deep affection for animals and art, Marna “fell into” painting
pet portraits a few years ago, when a painting for a friend garnered an overwhelming response (“Happy Hank”, above).
Marna delights in capturing the spirit of her subjects using vivid color and a unique expressive style. As of 2008,
Marna is honored to have already painted over 100 four-legged friends. A percentage of the proceeds from Marna’s pet
portraits is donated yearly to non-profit organizations and shelters benefiting animals. Marna currently lives and paints
out of her studio in downtown San Diego, California.
To inquire about commissioning an original pet portrait by Marna featuring your own best friend, visit DoggonitArt.com.
|DoggonitArt and all images copyright 2011 Marna Schindler. All rights for reproduction remain with the artist.
|What a great event, once again, this year! Thanks to
everyone who came by to support the arts, and also
to say hello! Revisit San Diego ArtWalk 2009 by
viewing the festival's video here:
"Steppin' Out" painting created and donated
to NORTH COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
Featured art on all posters, invitations, and programs
for the event, and auctioned off at their 70th
MAY 17th 2008, Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa
The 2nd annual gala to raise funds for the North County Humane
Society in Oceanside commemorated their 70th anniversary as a
shelter. I was thrilled to be asked to create the artwork to represent
this year's landmark event. The original 24x24" painting featured
animals up for adoption at the shelter in a whimsical Hollywood
theme. Since being painted, all models have found new homes!
|My painting "Sand and Sea" was the featured
t-shirt art for last year's San Diego ArtWalk .
Casey featured on cover of
My pet portrait of Casey was featured on the
cover of sdPets magazine's May 2008 issue.
(See Casey's painting in more detail on gallery page 3).
sdPets showcased the art of a few local pet portrait
artists, and I was thrilled to be included. Written by
Joelyn Brickner, the feature article not only highlighted
some very diverse approaches to pet portraits, but
talked insightfully about the rich and colorful history of
pet portraiture too!
sdPets, San Diego Union Tribune's newest full-color
monthly magazine, is devoted to pets and their parents.
A percentage of its advertising proceeds are donated to
the San Diego Humane Society.
|Casey's mom Kristin was thrilled
to see Casey on the cover!
|"Steppin' Out", 24x24, February 2008
Wag'N Tails, Coronado, CA
Upscale pet boutique featuring an expansive array of my limited-edition canvas giclees for
sale, as well as matted & framed prints. Wag'N Tails is actively involved in helping homeless
pets in Coronado, as well as lending paws to the Baja Rescue.
945 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA, 92118
Village Veterinary Clinic, Farragut, TN
State-of-the-art animal clinic in Tennessee. I am honored that several of my paintings were
purchased to decorate their brand-new facilities!
11249 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934
Romero Street Gallery II, Albuquerque, NM
See several limited edition giclees of my dogs here, as well as my series of original cat
paintings, seen only at Romero Street. Don't miss the gallery as you're visiting
Old Town Albuquerque. 205 Romero Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 (505)244-0848
Van Gogh's Ear Gallery, Prescott, AZ
3500 amazing square feet of gallery space! See my newest art in this award-winning gallery in
the heart of Whiskey Row in old town Prescott. If you're visiting northern AZ, a visit to this
gallery is definitely a must: 70+ artists including Chelsea Stone, Alex Horst, Adam Homan,
Cody and Mark Carter, and Carolyn Schmitz. Van Gogh's Ear Gallery is located at 156B South
Montezuma St. Prescott, Arizona 86303 (928)776-1080 http://vgegallery.com/
Crown Veterinary Hospital, Coronado, CA
Not a wall goes bare in this comfortable and caring animal hospital in Coronado, where my
art hangs in almost every room. Bring your pup or cat to see Dr. Speir with confidence. The
hospital also helps pets needing homes; see their website.
817 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 (619) 435-6624
Sabina and Nelson featured on
cover of Oct/Nov Nashville Paw
I am honored to have had my painting "Sabina
and Nelson" chosen for the cover of Nashville's
pet publication "Nashville Paw"!
With a circulation of over 30,000 readers, the
award-winning Nashville Paw serves as a local
pet resource, as well as a promoter of animal
rescue, pet adoption and other animal welfare
issues throughout Nashville and beyond.
See the entire October issue of Nashville Paw by
"You are my Sunshine" painting
created for Assistance Dogs of the West
Santa Fe's Assistance Dogs of the West hosted
their third annual art fundraiser the weekend of
October 25-27, 2008. Held at Galerie Zuger in
downtown Santa Fe across from the Lensic
Theatre, the event directly benefited the training
and placing of assistance dogs to people with
disabilities throughout New Mexico.
Entitled "Feed Me, Walk Me, Love Me", all art
donated was in keeping with this theme. The
painting, "You are my Sunshine", was created
especially for this cause.
"You are my Sunshine", created
for Assistance Dogs of the West,
was auctioned off Oct 25-27 in
A Muse Gallery, San Luis Obisbo, CA!
A Muse Gallery is moving from Sedona, AZ to San Luis Obisbo!
Previously located in the heart of town in the Uptown district of
Sedona, this eclectic contemporary art gallery is moving to the
cultural mecca of central CA. Scheduled to open again in October
2012, the Gallery features a wide range of whimsical art and
creations. Stay tuned for news of their opening!
Tempe's 33rd annual Spring Festival, March 26-28, 2010. Thanks for making
this a great show! Situated along Mill Avenue between 3rd and 7th Street in
downtown Tempe, this spring's festival was better than ever. If you're in
the Phoenix / Tempe area the first weekend in December, put Tempe's
Festival of the Arts fall festival on your calendar — December 3 – 5, 2010!
Check out the latest featured artist at the Tempe Festival featured artist page.
|5th & Mill at the festival.
Click to enlarge!
|SAN DIEGO ARTWALK
San Diego, CA, April 25 & 26, 2009
|La Jolla, CA, June 20 & 21, 2009
I had a great time exhibiting for the first time at the La Jolla Festival of the Arts. It was such a
pleasure meeting so many friendly patrons! Wonderful artists, great music, and gourmet food—all
for a charitable cause—what a great way to spend the weekend!
|Animal Acres Gala
September 12, 2009
Animal Acres has been evacuated temporarily because of the fires, and is in need of donations! If you've a soft
spot in your heart for farm animals, please consider sending them a donation at their website. This wonderful
sanctuary just east of Los Angeles houses and cares for a multitude of rescued animals, including goats,
chickens, cows, ducks, and pigs. I was honored to create "In The Moo" for the event, and it was auctioned off
during the Gala along with items from many other donors. The eve was hosted by honorary chairperson Ellen
DeGeneres—all proceeds helping the multitude of animals rescued and thriving at the sanctuary. Animal Acres
is open for visits from the public daily—check out the sanctuary for more information about their mission and
their growing menagerie of animals!
|"In the Moo"
24x24" acrylic on canvas, August 2009
I was honored to be a part of this landmark celebration, commemorating the 80th year of this no-kill shelter
for cats in Lakeside, CA. Taking part on September 19th, the event was packed with festivities, from kitten
races to guess-the-weight-of-the-biggest-cats! Providing shelter for over 350 cats, and lifetime care for cats
left with the shelter by their owners who have passed on, Friends of Cats is a wonderful, caring place in need
of loving parents for their many great adoptable kitties. If you're in the San Diego area, don't miss visiting
this unique and impressive sanctuary...and please consider contributing to their commendable efforts!
This year, ArtWalk supported ArtReach by working with 14
ArtWalk artists who donated an original custom portrait in a
special silent auction. I am honored to have been one of the
artists donating a painting. Congratulations to all of the silent
Click here to see all of the artists who were involved.
Thanks to all who stopped by to see my latest work, to talk to
me about a commission of your own beloved pup or kitty, and
to the folks who added to their collection of Little Buddies! It
was great to see you all, and we certainly had a fantastic
weekend weather-wise. I hope to see you again next year,
for more sun, art, and fun. I'll be in the same location, corner
of Columbia & Beech, and San Diego ArtWalk will happen the
last weekend in April, 2011.
|Happy Hank in Person!
With his proud dad, Dave.
|FRIENDS OF CATS 81st ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
|I was honored to participate for the second year at the Friends of Cats Open
House in El Cajon, CA. Please take a trip to their shelter in El Cajon to see
their facilities, and possibly add a new fantastic feline your family. Visit their
website, at http://www.friendsofcats.org/
Southwest Arts Festival, Indo, CA • January 25, 26, 27, 2013
Tempe Festival of the Arts, Tempe, AZ • April 5, 6, 7, 2013 ***
San Diego Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego, CA • April 27 & 28, 2013 ***
Carlsbad Village Faire, Carlsbad, CA • May 5, 2013 ***
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|2013 Upcoming Shows (*** indicates dog-friendly!)
|Pups from the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, Aug. 27 & 28, 2011