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.

“Portrait of Chase” Artist: Ken Ottinger

Original 16 x 20 oil painting

Ken volunteered to be the artist for the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club.  Ken said, “In honor of the anniversary show, I wanted to create a classic look and feelings; a modern dog in an old and historical setting rooted in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s history.

Ken Ottinger’s work is well known in the Cavalier community.  Ken has won numerous national and international awards and his work is included in public and private collections across the U.S., including in the homes of many well-known celebrities.  Ken is a member of the Society of illustrators, the Society of American Historical Artists and is an American kennel Club Museum of the Dog Registered Artist. 

Among the many lovely pieces of jewelry and home décor items depicting Cavaliers that have been created by Ken and Laura is “Gabriel”, the Cavalier angel created for the ACKCSC Charitable Trust Founding Partners Program and jewelry line.  In 2013, Ken and Laura received the “Patricia L. Kanan Award” for outstanding service to the ACKCSC Charitable Trust. 

There is only one other artist besides Ken that has been asked 3 times to be the artist for the National Artwork.