Ben - 2011 - 16 x 20 - oil
Anne wanted to honor Ben with a portrait for their family. I painted Ben from client supplied photos. I never got a chance to meet him.
When I got home I looked at all the pics and sent them a few to review. I made suggestions, but it is always up to the client to select the photo upon which the portrait will be based. We went back and forth via email a few times until they settled on the pose shown in the pic.
As you can see from the finished painting below I try very hard to capture an impression of the pet. I add color, bold brush strokes and texture to emphasize important areas. I try to bring attention to the face, eyes and nose while everything else plays a supporting role. I also try to create a piece of art. This is not just a pet portrait to me. I think that is an important distinction. I am not a pet portrait artist, although there is nothing wrong with that. I am a painter who loves and respects animals. I do pet portraits upon request. I try very hard to capture the beauty of the animal on canvas. I prefer to meet the pet in person and take some pics, but I have painted many pets from around the country using only pictures that were provided to me.
Olivia 16 x 20 - oil