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 is Coco, one of my author friend’s favorite dogs. Also about 15 when she passed away in early 2016, I knew my friend was devastated. Painting a portrait for her was the best thing I could do to help, and I’m told it was well received. This was a challenging portrait to paint because I had never met Coco, unlike Quegan and Max.