Animals with Attitude

November 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020

CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Waiting Area

300 West Drake Rd., Fort Collins, CO


Look for Art Quilting Studio • Winter 2020

at your newsstand December 1, 2019

Man’s Best Friends by Barbara Yates Beasley


A portrait of a cherished pet makes a wonderful gift or a lasting memory of a good friend.

Your pet’s portrait can be commissioned in fabric collage to just about any size you would like. All I need is a good, clear color photograph of the animal.

Please contact me so we can discuss your options.


Available Works

Tiger Eyes

Tiger Eyes is the third in a series of works based on the wolves living at Mission: Wolf in Colorado. Tiger and his sister, Rosie Valkyrie, were born in 2013. Fabric Collage Quilt, 2013 / 48″ x 32″ / $3000

Spot Remover

Grooming is important. When it comes to getting a little help with that job, it doesn’t matter whether you are a domestic cat or a lynx, like these two. Fabric Collage Quilt, 2013 / 36″ x 60″ / $4400


Fabric Collage, 2017 / 20″ x 20″ / Unframed on stretched canvas.     $800

Pi X 2

The beloved neighbor cat that has taken possession of my front porch. Fabric Collage, 2015 / 20″ x 24″/ Framed $1200


About Me

I spend as much time as I can around animals with camera in hand. When I get back to the studio, I study the expressions and body language I caught with the camera. When a particular animal jumps out at me and has something to say, I will listen and translate for the viewer.

That begins the process of choosing color, be it natural or expressive, as a starting point. I dive into the extensive collection of fabric that fills the bookcase in my studio. Some of this is commercial fabric, new and old, or fabric that has been hand-dyed or hand-painted. Recently there has been an influx of mono-printed/stamped fabrics I have created to add to the palette.

I know everything is coming together when I have to force myself from the studio for meals or to sleep at night. That devotion is rewarded when viewers become emotionally involved with the piece and tell me stories about the animal. I know I have done my job if they can look into the animal’s eyes and know this is a sentient being.