Artwork for Everyone Who Loves a Lab

Millburn, New Jersey · 308 Sales


Artwork for Everyone Who Loves a Lab

Millburn, New Jersey 308 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars

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Last updated on Jan 29, 2018

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Kathleen Harte Gilsenan

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Kathleen Harte Gilsenan

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5 out of 5 stars

kjman1 on Sep 26, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This is my third purchase...I just can't get enough of these labs! Great seller, pictures packaged well & quick shipping...I'll be back again!!

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The Perfect Model!

The Background Story

My first Labrador Retriever, Maddie, was a born model. When she was young, my son, Brendan, put a deflated rubber ball on her head and she looked like she was wearing a bathing cap. There she stood, still as a statue, while we took lots of pictures. Brendan kept putting more and more complex costumes on Maddie and rewarding her with a treat after each photo. The timing for this discovery was perfect. Up until then, the focus of my artwork had been children. But my own children had gotten older and this newly discovered talent of Maddie's allowed me to switch my art focus to creating illustrations of Labs enjoying "people" activities. I’ve now expanded my model base as we have added a second Lab, Milo, to our family and my daughter and her husband another yellow Lab, Shelby. Being such a "Lab Family" has made Maddie Lab Studio a natural evolution for the focus of my art. My growing collection of images have received great response from other Labrador owners as well as from people who simply love the themes of the artwork.

The Art-Making Process

Each image I create is unique, but the basic process for developing them follows a similar pattern. After dressing up one of our Labs in costume, I take lots of reference shots. Then, I head to my studio to create the detailed pencil drawing. When the artwork is finished, I scan the drawing into my computer and add layers and layers of color using Adobe Photoshop.

The Themes

I strive to create images that have a timeless feel and are inspired by professions, sports, travel, hobbies and time spent at home. I find ideas for my illustrations all around me, and I am especially inspired by time spent in Maine where I vacation with my family. Other Labrador Retriever owners are also great resources for new image ideas and often email me with ideas inspired by their own lovable Labs.

My images can be ordered as square framed fine art prints or as 11x14" "Life is Better" fine art posters.


Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about Maddie Lab Studio and the images that I create. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Shop members

  • Kathleen Harte Gilsenan

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Artist

  • Kelly Shultz

    Marketing & Licensing, Social Media, Networking And Day-to-Day Etsy Management

    My daughter, Kelly, helps me with lots of the business end of Maddie Lab Studio so that I can spend more time in the studio creating art.

  • Maddie


Production partners

  • Fine Art America

    Santa Monica, CA

    I currently utilize the services of Fine Art America to create and ship prints of my illustrations when the size is one that can not be created in my studio .

Shop policies

Last updated on August 23, 2017
Welcome to Maddie Lab Studio. My art is inspired by my own Labrador Retrievers, Maddie and Milo, who bring joy to my life everyday.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
All of my prints, except the Life is Better posters, are shipped directly from Fine Art America.

If you would like to return a print within 30 days, please contact me for instructions on returning the print to Fine Art America.

If the print arrives damaged and Fine Art America will not replace the print for some reason, send the print to me and I will refund your money.
Prints ship in 1-2 weeks via UPS or FedEx