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Paw Print Artists is  Gail McFarland and Jeff Danford, who have been creating art since they were kids. They have been married (to each other) since 1974 and are both passionate about art and their pets. They share their house in Apache Junction, Arizona, with four dogs, named Thurber, Ratty, Swetpea and Frida, and their two cats Abby and Normal.

They gravitated toward painting pets because they have found out how important pets can become when it comes to quality of life. Their lives have become more fulfilled because of their animals, all of whom are refugees from shelters.

Gail McFarland

Gail teaches art at Cactus Canyon Junior High in Apache Junction. She received her BFA from University of Colorado and her Masters from University of Phoenix, and has been teaching for almost fifteen years. Gail has been painting since she was a child; she works in oils, mosaics and mixed media. She has displayed her work at various venues in the Valley, and is a juried member of the Artists of the Superstitions and a member of the Mesa Art League. She is also on the Board of Superstition Arts  & Cultural Alliance (SACA).

For Gail, art is about making an emotional connection with her audience. Her favorite medium is oil paint because she can easily manipulate the tones to convey a three-dimensional appearance. This dimensionality is what creates the emotional connection. She then ads highlights and details with acrylics to create a visually pleasing portrait. People have been known to break into tears when the see the finished portrait of their beloved pets.

In addition to her awesome pet portraits, Gail also creates mosaics using pieces of glossy magazine pages. She calls her technique “Painting with Paper”. Her unique mosaics  can be seen at Xanadu online gallery; giclees and prints of her work can be purchased at fine art america.

                            

Jeff Danford

Jeff has displayed his work at various venues in the Valley, and is a juried member of the Artists of the Superstitions and a member of the Mesa Art League. Jeff also presents art business workshops to other artists, and conducts beginning painting workshops at various venues throughout the Superstitions area. As a Board member of SACA, Jeff is the coordinator of the annual SACA Art Show and the Featured Superstition Artist of the Month program.

After studying the photo of a dog Jeff tries to determine the personality of the dog. Using shadows, the pet’s fur pattern and facial expression, he creates a linear pattern, then he adds alternate colors to the animal’s portrait. Since he works in a pop-art style, he expresses the dog’s personality through his choice of colors. To express the dog’s sense of humor, he uses complementary or split complementary colors. Mono-chromatic colors are used to express calmness.  Colors often reflect the owners taste and the environment of the pet, so he enjoys taking suggestions from the owner for the color choice. His ultimate goal for each animal portrait is to create a pop-art interpretation of the animal that conveys it’s breed and expresses it’s personality.

When he’s not painting unique pet portraits, Jeff is an abstract expressionist, or, in his words, a “dripper”.  He creates distinctive abstract paintings by dripping paint on the canvas, a technique first popularized by the famous American painter Jackson Pollack. Jeff’s colorful drip paintings can be seen at Xanadu Online Gallery; giclees and prints of his work can be purchased at fine art america.

                

Collaborations

Gail and Jeff have recently begun collaborating on painting that reflect their respective talents and strengths. The first of these can be seen at Xanadu Online Gallery and at fine art america.

Paw Print Artists

Paw Print Artists offers a selection of several different styles ranging from stark realism to abstract.

Gail and Jeff believe in finding good homes for abandoned pets and saving them from being put to death. As a result, all  of Gail and Jeff’s animals are rescue animals and they donate 10% of their commission on every custom pet portrait to Friends for Life Animal Rescue.

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Paw Print Artists: Pet Portraits and pet art

Gail McFarland and Jeff Danford are the Paw Print Artists. Jeff is "Paw", Gail is "Print"; They have two main passions: creating art and spending time with their pets. To combine their two passions, they paint custom pet portraits that capture the personality of your pet on canvas. Gail paints mostly in oils—her paintings tell a visual story intended to create an emotional connection. Jeff likes to experiment with shape, texture, and color in his paintings. Gail and Jeff believe in finding good homes for abandoned pets and saving them from being put to death. As a result, all four of Gail and Jeff's dogs are rescue animals and they donate 10% of their commission on every custom pet portrait to Friends for Life, a non-profit organization that finds homes for rescued dogs. In addition to her awesome pet portraits, Gail also creates mosaics using pieces of glossy magazine pages. She calls her technique "Painting with Paper". Her unique mosaics can be seen at Xanadu online gallery; giclees and prints of her work can be purchased at fine art america. When he's not painting unique pet portraits, Jeff is an abstract expressionist, or, in his words, a "dripper". He creates distinctive abstract paintings by dripping paint on the canvas, a technique first popularized by the famous American painter Jackson Pollack. Jeff's colorful drip paintings can be seen at Xanadu Online Gallery; giclees and prints of his work can be seen at fine art america. Gail and Jeff have recently begun collaborating on painting that reflect their respective talents and strengths. The first of these can be seen at Xanadu Online Gallery and at fine art america.

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