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.

 "Gale Force - Hyannis"Home
Artist: Alisonn Zorba

Original Oil 20 x 24

The art of cover artist Alisonn Zorba should be familiar to long-time Cavalier fanciers. Her oil painting and pastel work has been featured on the cover of The Royal Dispatch in the Summer of 2017 and Fall 2009 Issues. In addition, it graced the cover of the American Kennel Club Gazette. Her pen and ink studies in the AKC Gazette won a Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writer’s Association of America for illustration and was included in the “Contemporary Dogs” exhibit at the William Secord Gallery Inc during Westminster 1995. Her art has been included there ever since.

This year’s piece, aptly titled “Gale Force - Hyannis” is a 20”x24” oil painting of Cavaliers, in all four colors, standing up-hill, on a dune, facing east, with the wind coming in off the water.

Primarily self-taught, Alisonn has drawn inspiration from the work of a family friend, Doris Bryant of Sharon, MA, whose work featuring horses and dogs in pastel was so realistic that Alisonn said that should one touch them, he or she would ex-pect the subjects to feel warm and the dogs’ noses to feel wet. “I had to try to create that illusion, too,” says Alisonn.

For the past 20 years she has been busy with portrait commissions and training and competing with her dogs in AKC Agility, Obedience, Rally and Coursing events.
More of her work can be seen at Lifelikes Portraits on Facebook.