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She Paints The Pooch

Evelyn McCorristin Peters was recently featured in the East County Observer. The article focused on her pet portraits and how she helps pups in need of a helping paw. 

The Last Dessert by Evelyn McCorristin Peters

The Last Dessert by Evelyn McCorristin Peters

Myakka City’s Evelyn McCorristin Peters always has been an artist, but she never thought she would be a dog lover.

Then she met Frank.

Frank, a boxer, belonged to her husband, Philip Peters, when they were married 14 years ago.

“I completely fell in love with that dog,” Evelyn Peters said. “But it was like a good girl and a bad man type of thing — Frank was a horrible dog, but I just loved him so much.”

When Frank died in 2007, Peters was devastated.

She missed Frank so much that she contacted the Florida Boxer Rescue about getting another dog a week after he died. During an interview at her home, a rescue employee saw her portrait of Frank in the living room.

“They asked me to donate a painting to raise money for the rescue,” Peters said. “That is how my business was born.”

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About Evelyn Peters

  • She joined the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus when she was 19 and sold cotton candy.
  • She met her husband, Philip Peters, while working in the circus. He is the owner of Haai Inc., which runs a traveling shark show.
  • She prefers to listen to podcasts while she paints. When she is listening to music, she tends to dance, which “is not good when you're painting,” Peters said.
  • Her art studio is located in a recreational vehicle in her back yard.

So Peters started her business, Barking Dog Creations Studio.

It wasn’t long until other organizations began noticing her work. Now, she is donating gift certificates for paintings to dog shelters across the country. She recently did a painting for a greyhound rescue in England.

She works from photographs, although she paints her own dogs through “mental images.”

Peters, 53, said some dogs are harder to paint than others.

“There was a woman a few years ago, and I painted her dog, Floyd,” Peters said. “The whole white dog thing is hard — people with white dogs are hard to please.”

Apparently, Peters is a lot better at the “white dog thing” than she thought. The same woman hired her again to paint her new dog, Stanley, who also is white.

Painting dogs for 10 years, she still isn't bored. When her customers comment on how much their dog portrait means to them, it still gives her goosebumps.

And she noted that people are more difficult to paint than dogs. “I normally don’t do people,” Peters said. “Dogs never tell you their nose looks too big in a painting. So I try to stick with dogs.”

Ted by Evelyn McCorristin Peters

Ted by Evelyn McCorristin Peters

Two years ago, Peters did a portrait of Ted, a small, white cocker spaniel with a “weird hairdo going on.”

“I finished the painting and I sent it to (the owners, a husband and wife),” Peters said. “Not only did the wife send me an email about how much the portrait meant to her, I got a separate email from her husband. It was clear in the email how much this man loved his funny looking cocker spaniel. It was so sweet, I cried.”

While Peters paints dogs of all ages, shapes and breeds, her heart lies with older dogs.

“Seniors really pull at my heart,” Peters said. “They are so wise, and you know that the time you have with them is short. Dogs are here much shorter because they have it all figured out. They already know how to love and just enjoy where they are right then — a good lesson for all of us.”



Besides painting dogs, Peters has adopted older rescue dogs.

“When you get involved in rescue, and you see what some of these dogs have been through, they start to mean more to you,” Peters said. “There is something in them. They teach you how to be in the moment and give you unconditional love.”

Her customers often comment on the dog’s eyes in portraits.

“I think you probably see that unconditional love and ability to live in the moment in the dog's eyes,” Peters said.

Fun Dog Art, Links You Need to See

Fun Dog Art, Links You Need to See - 

Cool dog stuff for fur friends and hoomans, artist opportunities, inspiring artists, gorgeous frenchies and the pack at Barking Dog Creations Studio!

Food Art and Illustration by Kendyll Hillegas

Donut Stack by Kendyll Hillegas

Donut Stack by Kendyll Hillegas

For other inspiring artists follow my Pinterest Board - Inspiring Artists.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Artist Residency

Click on the photo to apply!

Click on the photo to apply!

For more artist opportunities follow my Pinterest Board - Artist Opportunities or subscribe to my Twitter List - Artist Opportunities.

French Bulldog Love

For you Frenchie fans click on the image to go to the Society6 shop!

For you Frenchie fans click on the image to go to the Society6 shop!

and for more of an awesome Frenchie join Gambit on Pack!

Gambit the Frenchie

Gambit the Frenchie

And in case you want to follow the pups of Barking Dog Creations Studio...(click on the pics!)

Johnny on Pack

Johnny on Pack

Abby on Pack

Abby on Pack

Click on the photo to learn how you can order yours today!

Click on the photo to learn how you can order yours today!

Some very cool dog products for the skin people and the fur kids from pet.interiors and Plum & Ashby and Vaute Couture. (click on the pics!)

If you would like to follow what other stuff I find for the pets and hoomans, follow my Pinterest Board -

Stuff for Cool Dogs and Their Skin Families.


He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.



A chance to win a free Fuzzy Friend Portrait!

This contest will take a little bit of effort on your part but I know that just by sharing you can do it! 
"Refer a friend" means that someone you shared with purchases a painting. All friends receive 20% OFF

How many friends you refer determines the size of the painting you win or how many!

  • 1 friend - one 6X6" ($75 value) Fuzz Friend Portrait
  • 2 friends - one 8X8" ($100 value) Fuzz Friend Portrait
  • 3 friends - one 12X12" ($225 value) Fuzz Friend Portrait or 3@ 6X6" 
  • 4 friends - one 12X12" ($225 value) Fuzz Friend Portrait or 2@ 8X8" 
  • 5 friends - one 16X16" ($325 value) Fuzz Friend Portrait or 3@ 8X8"

Any more than that and we will talk!

When your friend makes a purchase at my Studio Store they should enter the coupon code PRICELESS at checkout to receive their 20% OFF! Anyone involved in rescue or have adopted receive an additional 10% OFF using the coupon code PRICELESS RESCUE. (Let me know which rescue you volunteer with or have adopted from in the pop up field).
Upon check out the purchaser will be asked who referred them and they just enter your name!




Barking Dog Studio Models to Date!

Check out these awesome models and their paintings!

More Doggie Models will be painted soon. Now I need to work on the commissions I received after people looked at all your wonderful images and paintings! 

The Art of Dog event at the Morean Arts Center was awesome! Lots of people showed up and it also received some great press! Two of my paintings were even featured on 10News of Tampa Bay! You can see that here. Special thanks to all those who showed up and their support!

I'll be sending the images out to all those that have are completed by the end of the week. Thanks again!


So Furry Friend, you wanna be in pictures?

Here's a chance to have a portrait of your best friend!

A chance to have your dog's portrait done...

a digital file of the completed work...for FREE!

Thanks for stopping by! Here'a a nifty chance to have a free portrait of your dog. I will be at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg on June 14th for their "Art of Dog" event. If you are in the area I would love to see you, I'll share more details closer to the event.

I need some doggies to paint!

I am going to paint a bunch of small paintings to have available the day of the show. Do you have a great close up shot of your dog's face, paws, nose or even a good "butt shot?" Now's your chance to have a portrait of your favorite photograph. 

Submit a photo. Head on over to my contact page, scroll down and you'll see a button "SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS HERE", give it a click and you'll be sending me an email with a photo and a bit of info about your dog. 

If I pick your dog's picture and paint it, I will then send you a link to download a digital image of the painting...FOR FREE! Not bad huh? 

Keep visiting the studio blog to see what doggie I'm painting and how things are going, I'll make sure to post as I go along. I'll also be posting on my Facebook Page, so if you want to give us a like you will be able to share with friends and family!

I look forward to getting your photographs, please make sure to share!