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.

Artist: Barbara Bond

I have always been a sketcher and doodler.  I did take a few art classes as part of my degree byt never really worked on my art until my children were raised and gone from home.  I have had the opportunity to take classes with some excellent watercolor artists.  The ’Cavalier art’ was an offshoot of a Specialty we had here in Canada in 2005.  As part of the committee, the suggestion came up that it would be nice to have some artwork to auction off.  I offered to try to do some.  The rest is history.

I get my most enjoyment from incorporating the Cavaliers in a natural setting.  This usually involves me merging the dogs into a landscape.  When I am doing a painting for a specialty fundraiser I try to give the painting a local flavor.  I research through images until I find something that hits my fancy and defines the location.  So Cavaliers in Wisconsin Farm Country became the theme for this painting.