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.

“The Three Color Litter” Artist: Joanne Opel

After drawing and painting all my life, I finally got the opportunity to paint full-time (more or less) when I retired 4 years ago.  I began developing a style of painting my own Cavaliers: I’ve been breeding and showing on a very limited scale for twenty years under my Kilbrook affix.

My style has always been fairly free and loose, and this breed is fairly free and loose as well, at least to me.  I’ve been challenged to get the true Cavalier expression, whether groomed to perfection, chasing up a hill of soaking wet in a pond.  My work has mostly been in oils, but I’ve been experimenting with pencils, pen, and watercolor; recently I was given a set of pastels.  There’s always something new to try.  Since all of my dogs are currently Blenheim’s, I had to borrow friends’ dogs and colorize my dogs to get all the four colors correct in the painting.