Thursday, September 20, 2012

This is Marty. He's part Chow and has these great dark streaks on his tongue. Marty was a rescue and that bandana travelled with him from the southern American state where he was found. His new Toronto family travelled all the way down there to bring him home!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

This is Checkers. He was a gentle and devoted Newfoundlander that died suddenly and broke his family's hearts. I'm so glad I had a great photo of him that I could base this painting on... the pose summed up Checkers' easy going nature perfectly.
Charlie is a gorgeous and charming Brittany Spaniel. You'd never know from his puppy-like demeanor that he's quite old.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A special birthday present

These three dogs belong to a wonderful family that famously shares it's home with any number of animals at any given time. These paintings were a surprise gift for their Mom.
Jasper, Cedric and Oliver are the current family dogs. We decided to represent each dog separately while keeping the format consistent in order to allow for different hanging strategies and an easy context for adding more portraits if they choose to.




Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Recent Works

This is Sammi. Many years ago, when Sammi's human was running a marathon in the States, the local Humane Society down there set up a booth and introduced a few dogs that needed homes. It was love at first sight and Sammi's new human called his wife and said "I've found our dog".

These two might look like Siamese cats but I suspect they're really small dogs in disguise. Especially Canella, the cat in the foreground... he'll come when called, perform for treats and is a sucker for attention. Chiquita just watches her brother with the royal distain of her breed- I guess she really is a feline.

Taffy is a cutie who lives in Vancouver. This painting needed to be small since it was going to be packed in luggage. I was only given one good photo of this dog to work from. Luckily it was ADORABLE.

These two paintings were done promotionally to be included in a number of local exhibitions over the season.

I'm not too sure he's happy about the pink.

His name is Blue. He is a Bluetick Coonhound. He howls because he is Blue.