Pet Portraits by Sue Wurzel


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Cost and All That

Same Artist, but Less Furry Art

About the Artist













My Community

As an artist, I work alone. But I am part of a larger community.

May 17-18, Newton Open Studios

This event allows Newton-based artists to display their work to the larger community. I will be showing and selling oil paintings and collages.

doggone-it! in Newton MA

"doggone-it!" is an intimate pet grooming shop on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, MA. Dogs not only get lovely haircuts, shampoos, and bandannas there, they also get plenty of TLC during the process. Pet owners can have fun browsing through the sweet selection of "necessities" for their pups. Sometime soon "doggone-it!" is hoping to have a website of its own.

Newton Art Association in Newton MA

The Newton Art Association is comprised of a group of artists in Newton, Massachusetts, who are dedicated to nurturing the expression of fine arts in our community. Our activities include artists’ demonstrations, critique sessions, the organization of exhibitions of members’ work, “salon” evenings, and an annual soiree. I have participated in numerous activities through the NAA, and this association has helped to make me feel rooted in the community of artists in my city.

The Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns in Becket MA

Serving both year-round residents of the Berkshires, as well as summer vacationers, the Becket Arts Center encourages and fosters the arts. Its diverse activities include numerous classes and workshops, for both adults and children, as well as lectures, exhibitions and special activities.

Topics explored at the Center include, but are not limited to, drawing, painting, collage, needlework, manuscript illumination, cooking, puppetry, and yoga. I have taken classes at the BAC, and have exhibited in the members’ show.

The Art Connection in Boston MA

The Art Connection is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make visual art accessible to people who might otherwise not have access to it in their daily lives. The organization functions as a sort of middleman between artists and other non-profit agencies, such as shelters for battered women, health centers, etc. Artists donate their work to the Art Connection, which then makes it available to for agencies to select at their own discretion. I love the concept of the Art Connection, and have donated several oil paintings to them.

The DogScoop in Newton MA

The DogScoop provides a wide array of services designed to improve the physical and emotional well-being of dogs (and therefore of the people who love them). The mission of the DogScoop is “… is to create an environment for dogs that becomes a home away from home.” But their services extend far beyond doggy daycare, and include grooming, product sales (on site and mail order), walks, home stays, and pet photography. I initially decided to leave my dog, Sebby, whose pet portrait is featured on this website, at The DogScoop because he tends to be on the shy side. I thought he would benefit from some time away from home, mingling with new people. Now, when we pull up in DogScoop’s driveway, Seb’s tail starts wagging like crazy, and he can’t wait to get inside and greet all his friends, both human and canine.

Fetch Dog Training in Newton MA

Martha Francis, a certified dog trainer, teaches puppy kindergarten, general obedience training, strategies for solving canine behavioral problems, and doggy tricks and games. She is a true pet lover, who makes lessons fun for the whole family, including the canine member. When my own dog, Sebby, was a puppy, he attended Martha’s kindergarten class. Since that was so successful, he continued with off-leash lessons in local parks.

Museum of Fine Arts in Boston MA

The MFA is a world -renowned museum, housing a large and diverse permanent collection. It also hosts high caliber special exhibits throughout the year. In addition, through its affiliation with Tufts University, it serves as home to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, providing both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the visual arts. The Museum also reaches out to the community at large, offering an array of workshops and activities for people of all ages. As a resident of the Boston area and a member of the MFA, I often attend films, lectures, and special exhibits that are of interest to me.

Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge MA

The Norman Rockwell Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of the work of Norman Rockwell. It also hosts numerous special exhibits. The museum is dedicated to fostering education about and appreciation of fine illustration. Since I am often in the Berkshires, I am a member and frequent visitor of the Norman Rockwell Museum. I always find it an uplifting experience; not only do I love the graceful narrative quality of the illustrations, but I also love the fact that they reflect kindness, tolerance, wisdom, gentle humor, and love of animals.

Jacob’s Pillow in Becket MA

Jacob’s Pillow is a dance institution nestled in the Berkshires. Its mission is to support dance creation, to presentation, education, and preservation, and to engage and deepen the public’s appreciation and support for dance as an art form. Every summer Jacob’s Pillow offers world class performances, and has a professional on-site school. Year round it offers extensive dance archives to the public free of charge, and has community and creative development programs. As I visual artist, I draw inspiration from watching dance. Everything from the sets, the lighting, the costumes, and the movements of the dancers inspires my imagination. To its credit, Jacob’s Pillow is a pet friendly environment. I must confess, however, that I think my dog Sebby enjoys the crumbs from people’s picnics more than the dancing.

Helena Wurzel in Newton MA

In this surprising and sometimes backwards world, my daughter has been my primary source of support and encouragement in my development as an artist. Helena (aka Lanie) makes artwork that tells stories, both in her narrative figure paintings and in her exquisite paper cut-outs. Her artwork hangs in many private collections, including the Saturday Night Live office in New York City. She currently teaches intermediate painting at the University of New Hampshire. I envy her students.


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Marian Dioguardi in Newton MA

Marian Dioguardi is my painting teacher, mentor, and friend. Her work speaks, or rather sings, for itself. Please visit her website.

John Borchard, Webmaster

JB is a wizard who has magically made all of this into a website. Please visit him in cyberspace and down the white rabbit’s hole.

Portrait Artist Joseph

Portrait Artist Joseph turns your favorite photos into frameable fine art portrait paintings on canvas.

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