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.

“Willow” Artist: Chris Quinn

This is the third time that Chis has been the artist for the National Artwork.  The sale of her originals has generated several thousand dollars for the Charitable Trust.

Chris began the portrait of Willow at the same time she began Camellia for the 2002 National Show.  She began Willow with the intent to donate it to the AKC Dog Art museum.  The picture was nearly completed when she discovered Artists are not free to donate their works.  The picture sat uncompleted for 10 years.  When asked to be the Artist for the National Artwork she realized that this was the incentive to finish the picture and donate it for the Charitable Trust. 

Additionally at her own expense, Chris also had prints made and donated those to the Charitable Trust as well.  A limited number of signed and numbers prints can be purchased from the Charitable Trust store on eBay.