Each year, generous artists agree to donate a special work of original art - usually a custom framed painting - commissioned specifically for that year's National Specialty and featuring a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The artwork is used for the cover of our show catalog and often on an Annual for the Club. The actual artwork is not revealed until it is displayed during the National Specialty at the Charitable Trust space in the ringside area. At the conclusion of the National Specialty, the Charitable Trust holds a very special event - a Banquet and Silent Auction. The National Artwork is auctioned off during this event and is one of the highlights of the evening. The money raised from the auctioning of the National Artwork has raised thousands of dollars over the years to help fund research that improves the quality of the lives of our Cavaliers. If you've never attended, please consider yourself invited to our Charitable Trust Auction & Banquet.  Can't attend but would like to help? See our "How to Help" tab on this site.

“Southern Belle” Artist: Ken Ottinger

Original 16 x 20 oil painting

Ken has the rare ability to bring the soul and spirit of our breed to his work.  His pieces truly embody the essence of the Cavalier.  His beautiful Cavalier jewelry and art have been appreciated for many years by Cavalier fanciers.  In addition to being selected as this year’s featured artist, Ken also shared his talents for our breed and our club by designing and producing the beautiful jewelry mementoes “Gabriel: the Cavalier Angel” for the ACKCSC Charitable Trust Founding Partners program.

Ken and his wife Laura share their studio home with their Cavaliers.  Ken’s professional art career has spanned the last 30 years beginning with his graduation from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles CA.  Awarded nationally and internationally, Ken finds fulfilment in the mastery of several art forms, not wanting to be constrained by any single methods of artistic expression.