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Already well established in the arts, in 1991 Stephen Kline created his first Lines of Language painting, signing his name over and over. Titled 3795 Signatures, the abstract was chosen for the 1994 Florida National, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, Florida.
It was also in 1994 that Kline designed the Florida State of the Arts license plate, which has brought in well over $10 million dollars for arts programs across the state of Florida.
In 1999, Kline created his first realistic drawing using his unique technique to create an image of Santa out of the words Season’s Greetings. He had his drawing printed as a lithograph, added additional words with gold and silver applied pen-and-ink to individualize each piece, and sent them out to family, friends and patrons.
The next year, when he noticed how many recipients had framed the art, he decided to use his lines of language technique to create his first dog lithograph. Throughout the next many years, Kline has drawn over 125 breeds, as well as one-of-a-kind commissioned dog portraits.
Collectors of Kline’s Lines of Language dog lithographs now number in the thousands from over 20 countries and in every state in the U.S.
Through fundraisers and auctions, Kline’s lithographs have generated tens of thousands of dollars for animal rescues and other charities worldwide.
The following are just a few of the 1000s of personal words of appreciation sent to and truly cherished by the artist:
“We ordered two of your lithographs about 15 years ago and absolutely loved them! We’re so glad to have found you again.”
“Good morning. I wanted to finally email you and say thank you for your wonderful work! Not only do you make gift giving easy for that person who has everything (I both own and have gifted your work several times), but I also use you in my 7th grade English classroom to introduce our poetry unit! So many of my rural students come into the unit with a poetry “chip” on their shoulder so the very first thing we cover is concrete poems and the very first thing that I do is pull up examples of your artwork – and the magic seems to happen. Kids that only wanted to create a “ball” or “flower” are inspired and challenge themselves to create more interesting pictures. Today was again the first day of poetry and again the students are swarming to see your work so I decided that it would be a good time to let you know! Thanks so much for what you do.”
“Stephen ~ Absolutely amazing!! They are every bit as charming as the original purchases! Thanks so much!! I wanted to let you know that of all of the shopping I have done, you have been one of the most pleasant, professional sellers I have worked with. How effectively you are managing your business is quite obvious from my end. The lithographs from a distance are totally awesome and so ingenious once you look closer. I love to see people’s reactions. It’s great fun! You’ve thought of all of the details…nice business cards, framing ideas, great packaging and shipping, and great work!! Good job!! It’s been a pleasure talking with you and receiving such nice work. Thanks so much.”
“Thanks for the prompt shipment! I love the picture – it’s at the framer right now – can’t wait to get it back! The Dog Art Rescue offer is a wonderful idea. I will probably end up ordering another print for a friend and then get one of some other breed for auction for a shelter that my friends work with. Thanks again for the wonderful Newfie!”
“Hi Stephen, I received the drawing a few days ago. It’s every bit as great as I hoped it would be. Delivery was fine – the drawing is flawless. I can’t wait to have it framed and see it hanging on the wall. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Denmark”
“Hello Stephen, Maggie arrived home today and I absolutely love her, very unique just like my girl. I will be framing her as soon as possible. Thanks so much for a really special piece.”
“Hi Stephen, My friends are going to be thrilled with your art. The concept is absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much, Cheers and best to you”
“Dear Stephen, I just wanted to write you to let you know I received the JRT Lithograph today and I am speechless. The quality of the art as well as the expert packaging is more than I expected. I am soooo pleased! Thank you thank you thank you! Sincerely,”
“I received it today — thanks so much. It’s really unusual, and such a lovely rendering of the beauty, intelligence and grace of a poodle’s face. It’s difficult to get the facial proportions correct, and this is done so well. Thanks,”
“Hi Stephen, I have so much to say to tell you how impressed I am with your work. I already received the pit bull and one of the schnauzer prints that I ordered and I was blown away by how beautiful they were. I thought they were amazing when I found them online, but seeing them in person shows how special they truly are. I’m so excited to give these to my friends and family members and see their reaction – I know they’ll love your art and be as impressed with your incredible talent as I am! I feel so blessed that I came across these…buying so many of them as gifts for the special people in my life! Sincerely and appreciatively,”
“Hi Stephen, “Cleo” is for a Christmas present. I bought one of your labs last year and it is now framed and in my den. I get many comments on the lithograph from friends. Please continue to offer your awesome work. Thank you. “
“Hi Stephen, I just wanted to tell you that the pit bull print that I had ordered from you back on Tuesday of last week for my friend Wendy (in honor of her dog Zeke) arrived on Friday and it is/was AWESOME! It is the perfect tribute to him, and Wendy was very pleased with it. Again, I want to thank you for personalizing it and getting it out to me so fast- it arrived quickly it is beautiful, and it was perfect. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone- your art is first rate, unique, and the service unmatched! Thank you!”
“The Newfoundland and Akita drawings are terrific. Thank you so much – they will look beautiful framed and hanging in my “dog theme” office. I am a calligrapher and so I can truly appreciate the beauty of your work. Thanks again and I am very happy with the quality of your art and your service.”
“Just a note to let you know it arrived safe and sound and I am thrilled with it. I did not realize this was a limited edition print, which even makes it better!! Thanks again,”
“Hello Stephen, I got the prints yesterday, and they are beautiful, as I knew they would be. I’m enjoying all my prints so much, and I get a lot of comments on how outstanding they are. I’m sure I’ll be ordering more prints in the future for myself and my dog-loving family and friends. Thanks so much for the great service. Regards,”
“Hello, Just a note to let you know how beautiful the Great Pyrenees print is. I love it! It is indeed unique. You have definitely captured the gentleness and dedication of the breed. I will refer you to all my friends and contacts. You have such talent and I am proud to display your work! Thank you. Sincerely, “
“Stephen, I received the lithograph of the Brittany. OMG it is beautiful. I cried when I saw Savanna’s name throughout it.
That was so nice of you. Sandra is going to love it. I showed it to her aunt and she was amazed by your talent.
Thanks again and have a wonderful holiday season. Keep up the good work. “
“Hello Stephen!!! Received the Brittany print yesterday. Very cool!!! I am so excited to have it framed.
It is going to be an anniversary present for my boyfriend. I think he will love it. If not, I am sure our two Brittanys will enjoy looking at it!!!!! Take care,”
“Mr. Kline – received the greyhound print in the mail late yesterday, and I must admit, it is not what I expected it to be – the picture on the web just does not do it justice. It is absolutely amazing!! We were extremely pleased with it! Thank you so much!!”
– Mike and Ann
“Oh my gosh, Stephen, I’m speechless! You have to know that I’m sitting here with tears running down my cheeks. I just don’t know what to say…thank you just doesn’t seem nearly enough. I love your work and thought someday I’d get one for myself, but it would just have to wait. Funny, a couple of days ago I gave away one of those home gym type machines that someone had given to me. It was sitting here and I wasn’t using it…so I advertised it on craigslist offering it to the first person that replied. The person that took it thanked me for “paying forward”. I’d forgotten about that. Stephen, thank you for paying forward. I’m so happy! Thank you so much!”
– Deb NCGAP (Northern California Greyhound Adoption Program)