Portrait of an English Bull Terrier

One of the most poignant moments in the life of an animal portrait artist happens when one is commissioned to provide a posthumous portrait. I have never yet done a portrait of a pet where I haven’t fallen in love with the subject, and handing over the finished work to the clients can be a moving experience. The love the owners had for the subject of this portrait, an English Bull Terrier, was obvious from the start, and it was really nice to meet them in person and hand over the framed portrait. The dog’s posture in the reference photo lent itself to a composition with strong lines and contrasting colours. The reference hinted at a certain nobility of character, I thought. His name, appropriately enough, was “Duke.”

 

Golden Retriever Portrait

Here is a recently completed portrait of a gorgeous Golden Retriever. I loved the gentleness in her eyes and greatly enjoyed portraying both her and the beautiful woodland scenery in the background.

A3 portrait. “Chardonnay, the Golden Retriever.” Pastel on pastelmat.

 

 

The portrait was well received by the family.

“(My brother) was delighted with the portrait of Chardonnay. Said they were reduced to tears, but in a good way!”