Paws4Art is a fine arts studio, owned by partners Donnasue Jacobi and Fred Roessler. They have been creating fine art photography together since 1985. Fred creates his fine arts photographs using traditional film and darkroom processes. He concentrates on visual images to capture the character of older forgotten places and times. Fred also specializes in pet portraits and uses a digital camera for pet portrait montages that Donnasue uses to design a personal photography book of your day with them and your beloved pets. He loves working with dogs to create a lasting imagery of beloved pets. His photography is offered for private and corporate collections. Donnasue is also a print maker and book artist/designer. She combines her love of design, hand-bound bookbinding, and photography to teach fun art classes for most age groups and skill levels. She also accepts commissions for a wide variety of custom books and greeting cards for personal and business needs.

Galleries List
Body Parts Gallery
Body Parts
Books Gallery
Candy Caddies Gallery
Candy Caddies

Cards Gallery
Clay Monoprints Gallery
Clay Monoprints
Creatures Gallery
Dog Portraits Gallery
Dog Portraits
Dogs at Play Gallery
Dogs at Play
Filoli Gardens Gallery
Filoli Gardens

Florals Gallery
Historical Towns & Parks Gallery
Historical Towns & Parks
Horses Galley

Hostess Paper Gifts Gallery
Hostess Paper Gifts
Inner Gardens Gallery
Inner Gardens
Landscapes Gallery

Lavender Paper Gifts Gallery
Lavender Paper Gifts

Recycled Calendars Gallery
Recycled Calendars Paper Gifts
Still Life Gallery
Still Life

Sunflowers Gallery

Trains Gallery
Willowside Ranch Gallery
Willowside Ranch

Willowside Ranch

There was a photographic retrospective of Fred Roessler’s photography from 1995-2007 of historic Willowside Ranch in Pescadero. A beautiful selection of the buildings and farm equipment, animals, as well as the old cheese house and its cheese presses.Far from the corporate world of Silicon Valley is Willowside Ranch. Located in Pescadero, this ranch was originally started in 1870; sometime later a Swiss family named Mattei, set up a dairy farm and sold milk and cheeses.
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The original pioneer home is still there with a 100-year-old Eucalyptus growing next to and through it. All of the buildings from the early bunk house, to the late 1800’s 2-story Victorian home, are still standing and are now just beginning to be renovated. With this renovation comes change.

Judy Butler bought this ranch 30 years ago (1979) and raised her two daughters here. Along with the farm animals came dogs. When Judy began to accumulate sheep, she started working her Rottweiler, Matisse, on stock dog skills. They both had such a good time that she started entering sheep herding trials. Up until May 2007 this ranch was used for many sheep herding trials that various dog clubs sponsored – AKC trials, ASCA, French Herding and the German style HGH - Herdengebrauchshund. Judy is considered an authority on the skills of stock dog herding and offers stock dog training to people and their dogs.

This may seem like a romantic place, and it is in some ways. However, running this ranch is a 7-day-a -week job, 24 hours a day job. There are dangers from wildlife, as well as the nouveau riche buying adjacent properties that do not understand the delicate environmental complexities of this peaceful place.

Sometime in 1982, prior to Ansel Adams death, he drove up Stage Road and stopped to photograph the ancient eucalyptus tree that stands near the Victorian house.  Morley Baer was assisting Ansel and helped set up his camera. Ansel Adams spent some time photographing this tree and then did some work in her barns. He was very elderly at this time.

It has been our great privilege over the last 12 years to become Judy’s friends and to have the opportunity to photograph this ranch during all its seasons. Donnasue also got the sheep-herding bug and has trained our German Shepherds and my Rottie, Sunny (whose grandma is Judy).

Willowside Ranch is truly a special place and hopefully will be preserved and treasured before too many modern renovations destroy the historical value of this ranch.

Contact Information: PAWS4ART
Donnasue Jacobi
P.O. Box 1545
San Andreas, CA 95249
PHONE: 209-754-907


Free photo shoots during 2013

Holiday Cards from your pooch
Sep 28 & 29 from11 a to 4pm, call to schedule your time – all pets welcome (and their humans).

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All photos are copyrighted ©Fred Roessler and ©Donnasue Jacobi, all rights reserved. See the contact information for licensing usage.
I also offer prints, singly or in folio sets, please contact me for more information.