Paws4Art is a fine arts studio, owned by partners Donnasue Jacobi and Fred Roessler. They have been creating fine art photography together since 1985. Fred creates his fine arts photographs using traditional film and darkroom processes. He concentrates on visual images to capture the character of older forgotten places and times. Fred also specializes in pet portraits and uses a digital camera for pet portrait montages that Donnasue uses to design a personal photography book of your day with them and your beloved pets. He loves working with dogs to create a lasting imagery of beloved pets. His photography is offered for private and corporate collections. Donnasue is also a print maker and book artist/designer. She combines her love of design, hand-bound bookbinding, and photography to teach fun art classes for most age groups and skill levels. She also accepts commissions for a wide variety of custom books and greeting cards for personal and business needs.

Galleries List
Body Parts Gallery
Body Parts
Books Gallery
Candy Caddies Gallery
Candy Caddies

Cards Gallery
Clay Monoprints Gallery
Clay Monoprints
Creatures Gallery
Dog Portraits Gallery
Dog Portraits
Dogs at Play Gallery
Dogs at Play
Filoli Gardens Gallery
Filoli Gardens

Florals Gallery
Historical Towns & Parks Gallery
Historical Towns & Parks
Horses Galley

Hostess Paper Gifts Gallery
Hostess Paper Gifts
Inner Gardens Gallery
Inner Gardens
Landscapes Gallery

Lavender Paper Gifts Gallery
Lavender Paper Gifts

Recycled Calendars Gallery
Recycled Calendars Paper Gifts
Still Life Gallery
Still Life

Sunflowers Gallery

Trains Gallery
Willowside Ranch Gallery
Willowside Ranch

Our Logo

Where did our logo come from?

A paw print for a logo might seem a bit silly but when I first started this graphic design company, I thought about calling it Jacobi & Roessler – but that seemed too much like a boring law firm name. At the time, 1985, I worked at home with 2 German Shepherds – with a few foster pups in the mix, and while I was sitting at the computer, I wanted to have a name and logo that would be fun for me since I was working 7 days a week and long hours to get the business up and running.

I was in the middle of email when my Leo started to paw at my knee -- he wanted to play and I noticed that his pads were an interesting design. So what would a good dog trainer do? I had an industrial sized baking sheet, 36x18” and wondered if I could get Leo to go through ink and walk onto paper for his “paw prints.”

Using ink wasn’t an option but I could use water-soluble paint. So I started the process of getting him to walk onto the cake pan, then I added water colors and stretched a sheet of butcher paper about 6 ft in length to make sure that I got plenty of paw prints. However Leo was not all that happy about doing this for me. It took a lot of treats and time to get him to walk on a wet surface that wasn’t outside in the rain. Leo loved water, but he kept looking at me like I had lost my mind. You want me to walk in that stuff with his head cocked to the side, and a really serious expression. Yes, Leo it will be fun. Really?

When I finally got him used to walking onto the pan with water in it, I graduated to black watercolor. As he took his first step into the paint he knew it wasn’t just water and would shake his paws to get “that stuff” off. So with his leash on, and a few more practice walks, he did finally walk, into the paint, then onto the butcher paper.

I ended up with a couple of really good prints, both front and back paws – then the process was simply to scan the images and stylize the prints. I eventually used all the prints in a T-shirt design.


Contact Information: PAWS4ART
Donnasue Jacobi
P.O. Box 1545
San Andreas, CA 95249
PHONE: 209-754-907


Free photo shoots during 2013

Holiday Cards from your pooch
Sep 28 & 29 from11 a to 4pm, call to schedule your time – all pets welcome (and their humans).

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All photos are copyrighted ©Fred Roessler and ©Donnasue Jacobi, all rights reserved. See the contact information for licensing usage.
I also offer prints, singly or in folio sets, please contact me for more information.