Acrylic on Illustration Board
24″ x 24″
Pet portraits are one of the most time consuming tasks when done freehand with an airbrush. To render the fur textures with proper direction, sharpness and tone is a huge challenge. Doing a portrait of a person with intricate hair is equally challenging, but not compared to fur. The essence of a successful pet portrait lies in not only capturing the eyes and nose, but more importantly the fur. Being an avid animal lover and pet owner I can appreciate in identifying an animal by it’s fur and how familiar that becomes to their personality. More often than not, when I am commissioned to paint a pet portrait, it is for a memorial tribute to the animal after it’s passing. It is a very special privilege for me to be chosen to do the memorial portraits as I am helping the person remember their loved one and to help ease the pain of the loss they feel. It is a very special experience for me when the painting are finally delivered and to see the tears and heart felt smiles as the painting connects them to the memory of the time shared with the animal. This painting was done for a lady who approached me years before I got around to doing the piece due to my traveling and busy schedule. She had entrusted me with her favourite picture of her dog, and I carried it with me across a continent and back during dozens of moves before I finished the painting. Every curl on the dog’s fur was meticulously studied and rendered and the time spent was well worth it when I delivered the painting and photograph back to the patient and teary owner. To see a client’s eyes and soul melt with the love and memory of their departed companions is something I will forever be grateful for being able to experience and be catalyst for.