MARIE FRITZ PERRY’s work as a sporting dog artist and was featured in the December 2013 issue of Gun Dog Magazine. The magazine ran a story entitled: “Gun Dog Artists: Graphite, bronze and everything in between.” Perry’s work in pastel was featured along side famed canine artists Paul Chinelli (illustrator for the New York Times, Gray’s Sporting Journal), Stan Bentall (Santa Fe Bronze artist), and Ross B. Young (Galleries: The Bird Dog Museum and Hall of Fame.) This was a great honor, following her inclusion as one of ten canine artists recommended by AKC’s Family Dog Magazine in their July 2013 magazine issue.
Perry has been an oil and pastel artist for over twenty years and is enjoying her success as a portrait painter specializing in canine and equine custom works, following her work as a children’s book author and illustrator with two published titles. Her motto is “If you can dream it, I can paint it!” referring to her desire to work with her clients to achieve their vision for their specialized canine or equine portrait. “I take in the love and memories that they express about their dog, or horse, as well as a scene that they can feel, taste, touch, remember. ” Working from photos and discussions she has with her clients, she produces works that please her clients; and, in the end, continues to stir up the emotions they hold for the animals they love through the art.
Perry deeply enjoys creating works of canines in their day to day lives, whether that is hunting with their human companions, or watching over their loved ones-- “Whatever my clients see in their animals, I capture on paper or canvas.”
As for her equine work, Perry has focused on the show horse world (which she herself enjoys as her main hobby), offering equine enthusiasts a chance
to capture what they enjoy about their horse both inside and outside the show ring. She has created large scale portraits for trainers, riders and veterinary offices. “I know the feeling you get when you are with your horse -- showing him in the ring -- that exhilarating feeling! or just standing by him in those quiet moments when you simply love sharing each other’s company. I want to give that emotion to my clients so they can enjoy their horse outside the barn through a work of art that is always with them.”
Born and raised on a farm in southern Minnesota, artist MARIE FRITZ PERRY enjoyed her childhood roaming her parent’s farm with her dog, Tag, and riding the quarter horses her dad kept to manage their large herd of beef cattle. “I spent all of my free time with our animals, combing through the meadows observing fox and deer at play. It gave me ample opportunity to just draw, draw, draw!” Perry studied art and art history at Smith College (Northampton, MA), and additional studies in studio art through St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), The Chicago Art Institute, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). She now resides in Verona, WI with her husband and three beautiful children; and of course, two great canine companions!