Mastiff Puppy Portrait

Hudson Feature Image

Here’s a quick portrait of Hudson. This is from when he was 7 months old (five months ago). Hudson’s color and unique folds in his coat have been giving me fits ever since I started trying to paint him. With this portrait, I think I’m starting to figure out how to handle that distinctive face of his. More practice will …

Grizz Pet Portrait on Stretched Canvas

Grizz portrait feature image

This portrait of Grizz is my latest pet portrait which, like most of my orders, was output on stretched canvas. The photo reference I used was excellent, a well lit, colorful photo. This allowed me to concentrate on making a painting that not only accurately represented Grizz, but also conveyed an artistic “punch” of stylistic brushwork and strong, vibrant colors. …

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Diesel in a Wheat Field

Diesel feature image

With this portrait of Diesel, the first creative decision is how to present her. Often this decision is easy, there is usually at least one photo reference that stands out. If I’m really lucky, that one photo will not only have a great pose with personality, but the lighting will be right (best lit from the side, hardly ever good …

A Memorial of Nakaiya

Nakaiya was a sweet old girl. I met her briefly in 2018. This portrait was a 2019 Christmas commission.

Conversation with a Dog (part 1)

Boris at nine years

I was sitting on a bench in the mall when my dog came up and sat down beside me. This is the conversation that followed.