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.

“Happy Family” Artist: Carol Lesley

Original 16 x 20 pastel painting

Although Carol has always had a love of artistic expression, it wasn’t until retirement that she had the opportunity to fully follow her passion.  Largely self-taught, the first work after this new beginning was a pen and ink of her own Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Ruby, who has been her inspiration and helper as she creates her art.

Carol’s work has been featured in galleries and festivals.  Many of her originals and Giclee’ prints are enjoyed in private collections.  Although she primarily works in pastels, because they offer a wide arry of colors and textures to produce outstanding portraits of pets and their special personalities, Carol also works in oil and watercolor.  Currently, her main focus is on commissioned animal portraits.  Carol and her husband, Mike, are members of the CKCSC of Greater Atlanta.