Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cow Art and More on Flickr

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Cow Art and More now has a profile on Flickr. Bookmark the site to find your favorite cow art images in a hurry!

Cow Art and More on LinkedIn

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Kathy Swift and Cow Art and More have created a profile on LinkedIn. We invite all our followers and customers to send us a note and stay connected!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

RSS feeds now available

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Cow Art and More is providing its customers and fans an easy way to keep up with the latest news and products. RSS feeds are now available for the press room and the new products area. Click here for the press room RSS and click here for the new products RSS.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Welcome AgWired readers

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Thank you to Chuck Zimmerman and his group at AgWired for the mention on their blog, Chuck and I are recent followers of each other on Twitter. His website is a great resource of current events and how they affect agriculture. Find Chuck's blog post about us here.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Cow charm in 14K yellow gold

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I had the honor and excitement of doing a couple of cow charms in 14K yellow gold for a couple of lucky ladies for Christmas. One was commissioned by a husband for his wife, both of whom my husband and I went to college with. I hope she is very surprised and happy! I've included three picture of the charm here. The cow charm can be purchased as just a charm or purchased as shown here, on a diamond cut, 14K yellow gold, 18 inch snake chain. Price for the gold charm is $210 and is based on a $750 gold market. Prices change weekly, so anyone interested in encouraged to call us (888-613-6019) to get the latest price quote. Chain prices are quite variable based on the length and style. These pieces are also available in 18K gold as well.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Welcome Gary Sauder to Cow Art and More

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Cow Art and More is pleased to have Gary Sauder from California as one of the newest artists to the website. He creates two dimensional art in a variety of media, but for Cow Art and More, he has included some of his favorite pastels. The picture posted here is "Snickerdoodle," the Grand Champion Brown Swiss and Reserve Supreme Champion at the 2008 World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Gary has prints and originals of his work listed for sale. To read more about Gary, click here. To see more of Gary's work, please go to the new products tab of the website, or look directly under the graphics and drawing division, pastels category.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Great month on Cow Art and More

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I just wanted to thank everyone for the interest and sales the website has garned in the last few weeks. We went "live" in September and are thrilled that the art on the website is being received so passionately. I have new work to add to the catalog, and I'm always scouring for new artists. We at Cow Art and More hope all the gift recipients are thrilled with their new art!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Article on artist Valerie D'Ortona in Senior Times

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I'm linking here to an article about Cow Art and More artist Valerie D'Ortona in the Senior Times. Valerie is a "late-bloomer" when it comes to being a cow enthusiast, but she has created the cow ISABEL and all her friends!

Friday, December 12, 2008

We want to hear from you

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I'm always on the prowl for new and exciting art to add to the website. What would the fans and customers like to see? Different media? A particular breed of cattle? Leave us a comment!

Cow Art and More links up with U.S. Guernsey

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Cow Art and More is proud to be listed as a merchandise partner on the U.S. Guernsey webite, the official website of the Guernsey dairy breed. Find us here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cow Art and More now on Twitter!

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For anyone who was interested in what is going on with Kathy Swift when she's not busy with the website, you can find her at See you there!

Jon's method of painting

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I'm including an image of Jon Ellis' work from start to finish. He really has an exciting style!

You will have to click on the image to have it appear in a new window so you can see the entire process.

Cow Art and More welcomes painter Jon Ellis to the website!

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Cow Art and More is excited to announce a new acrylic painter to the website, Jon Ellis. Jon has always had an unusual perspective of the world, often compared to a modern day Rockwell with a twist. His accomplished career, which has spanned several decades, has earned him numerous awards, accreditations as well as countless highly profiled commissions. Over the years Ellis’ fanciful work has graced the cover of many popular books, advertisements and periodicals, including the cover of Time and National Geographic. Ellis’ work had been exhibited at such prestigious galleries as the ‘Helander Gallery’ on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, as well as, maintained in permanent archival collections at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. Such notable private collectors as Attorney Robert Shapiro have also enjoyed ownership of his work. Jon has also had the opportunity for many years to serve as an adjunct professor in the Illustration department of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. To read more about Jon, click here

Friday, November 21, 2008

Welcome Linda Blondheim!

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Cow Art and More is pleased to welcome oil painter Linda Blondheim and her work. Linda calls Gainesville, Florida, home and spends her time painting the landscapes of the Southeast. For Cow Art and More, Linda will be offering several of her original oil paintings involving cows in the scenery. These paintings are quite exclusive as Linda does not offer prints of her work. The owner will truly be purchasing a one of a kind! Linda is well known through the Southeast through her museum and gallery exhibitions in addition to her painting classes she offers. To read more about Linda, click here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Welcome Jerry Gadamus!

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Cow Art and More is pleased to welcome airbrush painter Jerry Gadamus and his work. Jerry hails from the upper midwest and captures of the essence of many species of animals with his airbrush. For the website, Jerry has created a series of limited edition prints focused on Holstein, Angus and Hereford calves. He has won many awards for his painting, and his work has been featured in several traveling exhibitions. To read more about Jerry, click here.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Welcome Holstein World readers!

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Thanks to Karen Knutson, editor of Holstein World, for the mention on the H website. You can find us under the September 28, 2008 "Black & White Briefs" on the homepage.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Art show this weekend!

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For those of you who are new to my work, I also do a line of jewelry not associated with agriculture for customers and galleries across the southeast. I have a show locally this coming weekend. Much of the work for that show is posted on my other website, It's a bit different than Cow Art and More, but I love the differences!

Friday, September 19, 2008

New artists on the site!

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Cow Art and More is excited to have glass artists Mike and Mary Ellen McIntyre of Gainesville, Florida, as a part of the gallery. The McIntyres are well known throughout north central Florida for their beautiful stained glass wall pieces and sculptures. For Cow Art and More, they have included some smaller versions of their artwork, suitable for display in smaller spaces. To read more about them, click here.

The McIntyres are friends of mine and are great stained glass artists. They did the glass for my custom made china hutch. They also do huge wall pieces, custom doors, and personalized gift pieces.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Live Chat now available on the website!

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Cow Art and More is pleased to have available another option to contact customer service for questions and support. Website visitors and users can now have the option of engaging in live chat with a customer service agent, all online! A link is now on the left side of every page entitled "Live Assistance." In the corresponding box, visitors can see if a person is available or unavailable for chat. Times of chat availability will vary daily. Users will still have the option of sending an email to or by calling or toll-free customer service phone line at 877-490-0007 in addition to the live chat service.

A little bit of the design process

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The idea for the cow charm came from modeling her after the true type Holstein cow. This is a model cow that is a sculpture of the "breed ideal." This version of cows has always been the most lifelike for me. I've included picture of the original wax carving, before she was made into metal. She may look big here, but she can fit on a dime!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

How this all got started

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Some people know me as Kathy Swift, large animal veterinarian. Others know me as Katherine Swift, jewelry artist, without having any idea that I actually work on cows when I'm not making jewelry. Many of my cow friends and colleagues encouraged me to make a line of cow jewelry. I have resisted for quite a while since jewelry and metalsmithing are the exact opposite of veterinary medicine. Jewelry making allows me to be creative, while veterinary medicine tends to be more "by the book." I finally realized that with my background and agriculture experiences, I could create jewelry that truly represented cattle and farming. Has anyone else noticed how cattle sometimes get represented in art? I wanted something very realistic and sought to produce charms for a bracelet or a necklace that could truly represent what we all know as "insiders." Over the next few days, I will discuss how the ideas came to fruition and include a few pictures along the way.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Cow Art and More is now live!

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Cow Art and More, the first art gallery of its kind, is now open for business. The online art gallery will feature fine art and craft that represents the agriculture industry. The gallery will include original paintings, limited edition prints, sterling silver jewelry, note and greeting cards, and ceramics. Patrons will be able to shop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by going to Customers will also have the option of calling the toll free customer service phone line and speaking to a representativer. The art gallery is the creation of cattle veterinarian and artist Kathy McComb Swift.
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