A few times over the course of my art life I’ve found myself painting portraits of people’s pets, often after they’ve passed away. People usually have plenty of photos of their lost furry family members, but I’ve always believed a painting captures something a little beyond a photograph. I like to say that a photo captures a moment in time, but a painting captures a life.
This was my sister’s beloved dog of 15ish years, it was very hard for her to let go. We all loved him very much. I took care of him a few times when he was younger, and it was clear, even when it had been years since I had seen him, that he never forgot me. He was, indeed, a very special dog.