The grandchildren made my task of painting very easy by larking about near a pond near the house of the grandparents who commissioned the piece. After tearing around for a while the girls settled naturally into this pose as they watched the ducks.
I was so pleased that a customer from over twenty years past chose me to paint this portrait of his late Maine Coon cat, Yankee. As an animal lover and the owner of a lovely cat, Louie, I can feel so much for their loss. Using photos I was able to put together this view using the very lush and luxurious couch and cushions that seem so in keeping for this “King”.
I was approached by the owner of this outstanding quarter horse stud as this well known animal reached his last days. A time was arranged for me to visit at the farm to see and photograph this animal. Because of a neck-breaking accident that happened to this horse when he was young, Show Tip always held his head at a peculiar angle. It was very important to the owner of this legendary animal that I show that characteristic head tilt. Each person who commissions a painting has special ideas to incorporate and I am interested to do just that.
Painted for a Dutch merchant banker of his country property in Canada, this painting now hangs in an estate in Holland and represents their generational portrait. We had great fun together as we developed this portrait. Their daughter said of the painting, Its so Mommy and Daddy. I felt that I had hit the mark.