Wednesday, April 13, 2016


I received a commission from someone who had been given one of my dog portraits as a Christmas present. (See "IZZY & MAX".) The client wanted me to paint a portrait for a birthday gift to one of her friends. It was a bit of a rush to make sure the painting was dry in time to ship, but all was accomplished with a week to spare.

I contacted the client to make sure the portrait arrived safely, and she told me one of the dogs, Dottie (on the left), had just passed away from old age that morning. It made me so sad to hear this. She would be giving her friend the portrait as a remembrance of a beloved friend and pet who was no longer with them.

To be sure, I've done several portraits, placed around my house, of my own true friend, Spanky. Each time I see him gazing expectantly from his honored place on the wall, my heart is a flood of warm, happy memories of our time together. It makes me happy to have had him in my life.  I can only hope this portrait has the same effect on its recipient.

6" X 6" / Oil on Canvas Panel
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