About Deefer Dog Designs and portrait artist - Rose Handke

With a love of animals and drawing, combining the both always seemed like a good idea.  But like so many things in a busy world, life gets in the way.   However, with retirement from my regular job, I had time to concentrate on my art.  Deefer Dog Designs was born and named.

I was already using pastels in portraits of our own dogs and knew this was the best medium. 

I have always drawn as long as I can recall and have been studying visual art part time at the Adelaide Central School of Art ( www.acsa.sa.edu.au ).  My other love is human portraiture using oils.  These works are for private enjoyment.

We live on a small property in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, South Australia with our gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Sadiki and Grace, and now with our 2 recent additions Lizzie and Georgie Girl.  Needless to say our Ridgies have been the catalyst of Deefer Dog Designs.

Our Dogs

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Sadiki (left) and Grace

Sadiki and Grace were born in December 2005 and we are ever grateful to our dear friend, Vanessa MacGill of Mikozi Ridgebacks (www.mikozi.com) for our precious pair. 

Lizzie and Georgie, born December 2012 are sisters of Demi’s litter.  Unlike Sadiki and Grace, they are the less common brown nose ridgeback.  Again we are indebted to Vanessa for these cute and entertaining girls.

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From left, Georgie, Grace, Sadiki  and Lizzie





© Greg Handke 2013