Size 35.5 cm x 45.5 cm (14 in x 18 in)
Acrylic on canvas
By all accounts, Elwood was a lovely dog.
This painting was commissioned by clients who provided photographs of their beloved pet. Combining several references, I painted Elwood with his favourite toy in a characteristic pose of playful alertness. Toys, pose and place are key elements of portraying a dog as an individual, honouring them as much loved family members.
Although Elwood sadly passed away while the painting was being completed, the clients affirmed that I had created an extraordinary likeness of their beautiful friend. Later, they commissioned a portrait of their other dog Jake, as a companion piece for the portrait of Elwood.
I consider it a privilege to portray pets. I usually ask for several high-res photos (a range of poses is best) and where possible, I will meet the subject so that I can see their personality in action.