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Journal cover to feature work by Lander artist

Nov 23, 2012 - Staff

The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association Dec. 15 issue will feature a pastel portrait of the beloved basset hound "Polly," by Lander artist Susan Grinels.

Grinels was asked by Polly's owner, Dr. Lisa Dawson of the Lander Valley Animal Hospital in Lander, to create the portrait of her aging basset hound Polly, now 15, who came into the clinic as a stray puppy in a snowstorm and grew up to have her toenails painted bright colors by Dawson's daughters.

Grinels has gained a following and reputation for her animal portraits and paintings, a path that combines her love of animals and need to paint and draw. After being a vet tech for many years, and never quite managing to leave that career behind, Grinels decided to follow her dream of becoming an artist. She studied at the Corcoran School of Art and graduated with a BFA in graphic design.

Even after that accomplishment, Grinels said she still finds herself helping out at local vet clinics, while focusing on her artistic path to convey a sense of presence and personality in her animal artwork.

She has won a number of awards, including the Pastel Journal's "Creative Spark," and numerous awards in local, regional and international art shows such as Art Show at the Dog Show, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Art Association of Jackson Hole.

She is a member of the Lander Art Center and the Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies, and this summer will accept a medal as a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies' Master Circle.

To see more of Grinels' artwork, visit

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