From the artist's website: www.ginaleone.com
Gina Leone is an award winning artist who, believes her interest in animal art developed naturally from her early involvement with dogs. She and her older sister brought the world of pure-bred dogs to the family home with the purchase of a German Shepherd dog and later a Dachshund, the breed that continues to dominate Gina's affection today.
She enthusiastically recounts her many accomplishments in the show ring with her owner-handled Dachshunds - having bred Best In Show and Specialty Best of Breed winners - and tops the list three Best of Variety wins at the Westminster Kennel Club. She is equally proud of three National specialty Best of Variety wins, owner-handled, showing the top Smooth in the country in 1991 and being awarded top-owner handler in the nation with a Smooth, from the Dachshund Club of America the next year. Currently, Leone owns Standard Smooths and Wirehairs. In 2013 a red standard wire that she co-bred with her mother Pat, named GCh. Legibach Captain Crunch SW was in the top 10. In January of 2014 he became a Best In Show winner. "Captain” was expertly handled by Angela Lloyd and was owned by Sally Sweatt, Pat Leone and Gina.
She is a graduate of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY with honors and a BFA in Illustration. She has completed commissions for the Dachshund Club of America, Dog Fancy Magazine, The AKC Gazette and numerous private collectors. Her art can be seen in DCA's Illustrated Standard of the Dachshund, books on the breed and on the prized DCA Specialty show medallions. She is the former Editor and Publisher of the popular Dachshund Review magazine. Her artistic diversity has earned her numerous honors for her work including awards from The Dog Writer's Association of America, Dog Fanciers Club, Inc., St. Hubert's Giralda and The Creative Newspaper. Her work can be seen in private collections here and abroad.
Gina believes that understanding the structural and individual differences between each subject continues to make illustrating animals a rewarding and challenging experience.