Visual Arts

Shelter Pet Portaits

Above: Rascal

Angela Alexander Paints “Forget Me Not” Series to Support Shelter Animals

By Teryn Worsham

For the past 12 years, Angela Alexander has been painting vibrantly colored portraits in the Asheville area. She has chosen pets as her subjects because, as she puts it, “they represent the purest forms of unconditional love. They love irrespective of gender, race, or creed.”

Angela Alexander Shelter Pet Portaits


Angela recently developed a creative way of giving back to the canine community. Her latest work, the ongoing “Forget Me Not” series, was conceived with these loving creatures in mind. Each painting depicts an adoptable animal at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) who has special needs or who has been in the shelter for a long period of time. Sales help raise funds for BWAR and the paintings help spread the word that these animals are looking for homes.

“It’s my way of volunteering,” says Angela. “Everyone can do something to make a difference, and this is my way.” Original paintings and prints of each work in the series are available through the artist’s website, with more works planned in the near future. The series currently features dogs Barley, Rascal, Sharpie, and Monte, who was recently adopted.

Angela Alexander Shelter Pet Portaits


As longtime tenants of BWAR, adult dogs Barley and Sharpie are well-behaved and regularly spend time with dedicated volunteers and trainers. Rascal, a sweet-tempered ten-month-old dog with floppy ears, has juvenile diabetes and temporarily requires daily insulin shots—a task that may seem daunting to potential pet adopters, but one that Rascal takes in stride. You can meet these pups and others at BWAR, located at 31 Glendale Avenue in Asheville.

If adopting a pet isn’t currently an option for you, you can still make a difference by purchasing Angela’s work. A portion of sales proceeds for these paintings will be donated to BWAR, including 100 percent of Barley’s original portrait, 50 percent of the consecutive paintings in the series, and 30 percent of available prints.

For more information on the series or to purchase an original painting or print, visit Angela’s website at or her studio at 192 Roberts Way in the Wedge Studios of the River Arts District. Visit for more information on these adoptable animals.

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