Just before xmas 2018, my sister informed us all that she had to put her old (and last) dog Jasmine down. It was pretty heart breaking, she was such a fixture of my sister’s family for so long. So, I did what I have taken to doing when someone has to say goodbye to a furry loved one and painted this portrait of Jas. I knew Jas well, she really was a great dog, I did my best to capture her essence in a way that photos can’t. I know the holiday season is a challenging one at the printing and framing shop I use for these portraits (Riverside Art in Fall River, MA), so with just two weeks left, I didn’t think I could turn it around fast enough for them to have it ready to give to my sister when I saw her on the 23rd. But, they are amazing and they pulled it off just in time for me to present it to my sister and her family in person.