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             Welcome, I hope you will see something fun while you are here. 

            I love what I do.  Below is a gallery of of my work,

           if you see something you like and want more information

          feel free to  contact me  by email

              Enjoy looking!
               Lori Michelle Rowe           



took place on Saturday October 9th at the Lea county center for  the arts.

This was all new for me as i had  just joined this association.  I was told it was one of the  oldest, most respected art associations in the state. This show was judged by LARRY WILCOX and there were ribbons and cash awards given.  I told my husband Greg that I wanted to go even though I didn't expect to even receive an honorary mention, I fully expected the states best art to be there and I was eager to see it. I was right, the works were wonderful.  When we got there I noticed right away where my paintings were, on opposite sides of the room, and we started making the rounds a piece at a time.  Well, inevitably, I start chatting up some one and Greg and I get separated.  Next thing I know, my laid back husband is dragging me across the room saying "look".  It was RUBY, she's such a popular girl, she had taken the third place ribbon for Acrylics and Oils!!! For the first time in my life, I couldn't say a thing.  Finally, excitement set in and I went out to call my sister, promptly dropped the phone on the cement and shattered the face of my I Phone.  It was OK though, nothing could squelch my joy.

This is Grace, she is the new logo for "Saving Grace pitbull rescue".
  August 28th was the Grand opening of the Renovated Center for the Arts by the Lea county commission for the arts in Hobbs, New Mexico. 
I entered 3 paintings and a jury selected the two in the pictures above and another was chosen for gift shop.(below) 
 This is the first time i have shown in a gallery and was honored that they called me to enter. 
The evening was a huge success with  hundredes of people there. 


Woman in Red and Tommy with Mommy

Well, I haven't been very good lately about updating my blog or web site, sooo oo, today we post two finished paintings!

The first is "Woman in Red" she is essentially


  I was quite home sick, so I just painted myself on the beach. You know, I can adjust to living just about anywhere, but when you come from the coast, it gets under your skin and you experience withdrawal when you can't smell the salt water, hear the sea gulls or stick your toes in the water.

 Right now I'm living in the Permian basin, translation, a dessert with the permanent smell of oil. Not quite the same as the ocean. :-/





These next two are of the same painting with a close up of Tommy the King Charles. Debora, Tommy's mommy commissioned this painting a couple of weeks ago and just was crazy about the way it turned out. Deborah is from the south east and of course I am in New Mexico so I didn't think I would get a chance to deliver the painting my self. But, as it happens, Deborah was here again two weeks later and I got to see her face as I unveiled the work, It is almost the best part of painting.

I will try to be better about posting from now on. As it happens, I think I



I got sassy on my honeymoon. Everywhere I went there was sassy.
She was sooo tiny, she fit in the front opening of my coat.
I was a newlywed and sassy was always there,
when friends and family were far from me, she was there.
when I was lost, there she was, when I was lonely, she was there.
We got Sassy a sister and brother, I'm not sure she appreciated it,
but she kept them in line. For almost 17 years, sassy was my constant companion,
 now, she is not there...
If you would like a portrait of your best friend, contact me...






I've been wanting to paint Sky for some time now, I think its the "come on, give me a break" look in this shot. Sky belongs to my sister, who got her from my niece, who got her from her as you can tell, she is the family dog. I've been experimenting trying to get the right painting to enter in a wine label contest. Mutt Lynch Winery, in CA has a competition every year. The painting must be 8x8 or smaller, for me that is the challenge. I love large canvas. This year winemaker Brenda Lynch has decided to create a red blended from her finest barrels, and "in the spirit of all things dog," she's calling it "Muttitage." Only 500 bottles of this rare and exclusive wine will be produced with the winning label on it. 10% of the sales benefiting the SF SPCA. 
Mean while, PAYNE'S GRAY is internationally famous. I have got to say who would have thought? Not me! I sent Payne's Gray over seas to assist in raising money for SAD, Strays of Abu Dhabi, because as hard as it is to believe for us Americans, they have NO shelters, so strays are killed. It was hard to even type that. Anyways, I sent a giclee' of the watercolor on art rag and Artist and coordinator Laurel Moore loved it so much Payne's Gray became the face of the auction.
Art Exhibition and Auction
The Animal Lover's Art Auction in support of the Strays of Abu Dhabi Location:Millennium Hotel - Abu Dhabi
Time: 7:30PM Saturday, April 10Th
Ends:April 17Th 7:30pm
 Artist Laurel Moore, representative and coordinator of the charity art exhibit, said "The hotel Director of PR said she just adored it!(speaking of the poster) I was so pleased... "
SO WAS I! :-)  





The 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book is available

Did you know that April is Cancer Awareness Month? That is why today is the first day that
The 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book is available To Order !
The Paws For Charity Art Book Project is a unique fundraiser that celebrates our love of pets, and raises funds for a human cause. The 2010 Art Book is a compilation of artwork and photography of dogs and cats submitted by 65 artists and photographers in 7 countries. If you would like to preview or order a copy of the book, this is the link:
 All funds raised from the sale of these books are donated to The Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, a registered charity with programs in over 50 countries. This charity also carries the Humane Charity Seal of Approval. Details about Paws For Charity are available on the blog: Tshirts, greeting cards, and wall calendars are also for sale with all proceeds donated to breast cancer charity.


 03-11-2010                                                   PUBLISHED!


Excited ALMOST begins to describe how I feel. Honored, choked up and downright incredible may begin to sum it up.
I am being published!
There were over 300 submissions... 65 were chosen...and of the 65...21 were painters...and I AM ONE!!!
 I am overwhelmed by being included.
Congratulations to all of the other painters and photographers included in this wonderful book.
It is a privilege to be in this book with you.
"RUBY" is the painting selected to be in the "PAWS For Charity Art Book".
All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to "The Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade". This cause has a special meaning for me as my sister is a breast cancer survivor. I will be posting all links ans purchase information as it becomes available.
The projected publish date is April 1st.






Jake-12 X 12 watercolor on stretched watercolor canvas
     This is Jake. Jake had a terrible start in life, he was what we call a chain rescue case. He spent his life on a short chain by himself in the yard until someone reported him. His original owner definitely feed him, but because he was always chained, he was VERY over weight and had little if any muscle tone. Jake was rescued by Peggie 5 years ago and his rehabilitation was swift. He was so week when Peggie adopted him, he could hardly get in the house, but,daily walks and the occasional visits with other doggy friends soon rehabilitated Jake and he got along very well. Daily brushing, and love brought out his sweet disposition. He was a HUGE wolf hound mix, but he was a gentle giant. I met Jake on a job in NJ. Of course I knew his mommy, Peggie, first. I would see her everyday around 3pm running the dogs, shadow,Patches and GG{good girl], in the field across from my house. Beau, my Aussie, would bark and generally make a raucous until one day I marched out side, introduced myself, and asked if Peggie would mind if my dogs came out to play with hers. This soon became a neighborhood event. Patches and Shadow moved on to wait for us all with tails wagging in doggy heaven, and Jake was adopted. I'll never forget the morning Peggie came home from 3rd shift to discover her house had been over run with fathers. She opened the door and ppooofff, feathers. It seems Jake was afraid of thunder. He tried to get on the bed to hide and he tried and tried tearing up Peggie's feather bed in the proses. It took forever to clean up those feathers.
Jake died 2/16/10 of bone cancer. This painting is done with love for Peggie. We will see you someday Jake "with tails wagging".


01/28/2009                                                                                                                     CYAN




I had a hard time naming this guy, but finally decided on CYAN, the Greek word for blue. This is the smallest painting I've ever done. It was painted for the 5Th anniversary art show for The Canine Art Guild. The Canine Art Guild is a group of fine art painters whose concentration guessed it, canines. The idea is for members to creat a 5 x 5 picture and sell- it- for- a- price- yet- to- be- determined; with a 5 in it. There have been endless discusions about the price, eventualy it will be decided. Hopefully, a collage of these creations will be made, and sold. I think... Well, how about I post the information when it is finaly decided? -Lori
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 The Girls Day Off


 16 x 20 Watercolor on archival watercolor canvas board


The Girls day off was painted for a couple at church. Pat is visually impaired and Andy, her husband, is blind. The moment I spotted Andy and Pat I knew I had to paint the girls, Trivia and Linny. "They are 10 now" they said with heartfelt concern in their eyes. I understand that feeling, mine are 12, 14, and 16 1/2 now. They are part of the family...the kids. These 2 are extra special because they have a very special job, taking care of and helping mom and dad.
 This painting has been sold and ALL profits went to, , the school these two lady's were trained at.




          I arrived at Little Shelter on Sunday the 29th of March around 1pm, Little Shelter is open 7 days a week to make it accessible to all and was established in 1927 as a no kill shelter. When we arrived I was surprised to see the place was so busy there were no parking places (the girl scouts were doing field work) even though they have a generous amount of parking. We found a safe place on the side of the road and locked our own gang in the truck. When we entered we were greeted right away by a friendly staff, and when I introduced myself they seemed genuinely excited that I was there.   Jodi Record, the on site manager, came out to great us.(I brought my husband Greg, to take pictures and to make sure our pack of animals didn't grow) Jodi brought us on a tour of the facilities and answered my questions for the next hour and a half. Never once did I feel as though I was taking up her precious time.
      The facility houses up to 65 dogs, and at the moment has 40. As soon as one leaves, they go to the pound and bring in someone new. The dogs have dots of different colors to indicate their level of friendliness. Little Shelter also houses their dogs in "different levels" meaning, new dogs are housed in a separate area until they are adjusted. Little Shelter is not equipped to house or adopt trouble dogs. On a personal note, I have worked for vets, been in to many shelters to remember and have done surprise visits to kennels for my own dogs, and I'm not sure I've been in a cleaner place. With 40 dogs, you expect some smell however, there was very little to mention. Jody knew the story of each and every dog, and kitty we visited. They have 400 Cats, beautiful Cats. They are housed in an open area of joined rooms with too many litter box's to remember and the cats have the freedom to go out on a large out door porch that was built by a generous doner. There were many kitty climber's and even part of a tree 5 feet high the room was built around. There were a line of kitties waiting for their turn to lie up there. My husband who is not generally fond of kitties disappeared for quite a while playing with said kitties. I almost though he was going to take one home. All those cats and not a fight or grumble did I hear, my cat could learn a few things there.       
    Little Shelter employees 43 staff members and has too many volunteers to count all who were busy walking feeding and generally taking care of the group. They have a yearly budget of 2 million dollars and are dependent on donations. The donations are up a little, but are still 50% off. If you are interested in adoption a pet, you make out an application form. Cats are $100, Dogs 1+yr=$110, puppy's=$160. All of the pets have been examined, spayed or neutered and have been microchiped. A great deal for a life long friend. Little shelter is proud to be the only shelter with a pet food pantry for those in need. again, you are required to fill out a little paper work but how awesome is that. There will be an article on their food pantry in "News Day" next Monday, I believe April the 6th. This was a wonderful experience and the kicker was they treated us like we were royalty visiting. Everyone seemed to know about me, what they didn't seem to realize is what a gift they gave me...
Little Shelter Animal Adoption Center
33 Warner Road, Huntington, NY 11743,



                 When I first went to little shelter I met Ingrid. I just couldn't forget her. So, I thought maybe if I paint her and offer the painting for free with the adoption people will take more time to notice her. She is sooo lovable and sweet, I really wanted to take her home myself. This is her story;





          When Ingrid came to Little Shelter, she was in very bad condition - in fact she was dying. Ingrid had spent the first years of her life chained to a fence. While on that chain, Ingrid gave birth to litter after litter of puppies and didn't know the joy of human love. When she arrived on our doorstep her body was emaciated and her abdomen was extremely distended. Tests revealed that Ingrid had late stage heartworm and her heart muscle was severely damaged. Ingrid was near death for quite a while and we weren't sure she was going to make it, but after having 14lbs of fluid drained from her chest cavity, lots of TLC, and expert vet care, Ingrid pulled through. To ensure that Ingrid's heart continued to serve her well, Ingrid needed to be placed on life-long medication and the vet responsible for saving her life recommended Viagra! Viagra was originally developed as a heart medication, and for Ingrid it has truly been a life-saver! Now, more than one year later, Ingrid is feeling much better. Her medications and special dietary requirements have proven to be costly, but we will continue to provide her with all of her medical needs. Please help us continue to provide for Ingrid and others like her, while they await new, loving homes, by making a donation to help with their care.


A Critical time at Angels Gate

Hello, This is Fritter. Fritter has been donated to a very worthy cause. She is going to ANGELS GATE. Angels Gate is a shelter and hospice, a really awesome place. I encourage you to visit there site . They house all critters, not just dogs and cats, and this shelter is for physically challenged and hospice animals. They have recently relocated from a 1 acre home on long Island to a 100 acre site in Delhi, NY, approx 150 miles north of Manhattan. I spoke to Susan at AG briefly on Easter Sunday. She had just returned from doing 20 loads of laundry at the public laundry. Their dryer has kicked the bucket. Along with the dryer, there is an entire typed page of things these wonderful people need to help these animals. Susan also told me about a "fence raising" they will soon be conducting. Art for Shelter Animals has also run an article on this shelter. I will be interviewing Susan as soon as she has a moment extra. Until then, I hope you will all check out the site on your own. Lori Michelle