My profession if someone asks is Fine Artist, but that takes in a lot. Having the opportunity to do a pet portrait puts me suddenly into the category of Canine Artist, Dog Artist or Pet Portrait Painter. Whatever the label, I always enjoy being commissioned to paint a dog portrait, being very fond of dogs and a dog owner for much of my life.
Man's best friend is how we often think of our canine companions. They are in reality the best friend, guardian angel and treasured member of the family for anyone who is lucky enough to have one.
There is always a bit of a challenge when asked to portray the character, personality and beauty of someone's beloved dog. I make a point of finding out as much about each dog before I lift a pencil and if possible I like to meet them as well. After this something nearly magic happens, as the individuality of each animal is transferred into the portrait. Nobody knows their dog like the owner and they really want to see the personality of their dog coming shining out when they look at the portrait you have completed for them.
I invite you to browse through the following gallery. Most of which were commissioned works. If you like what you see, it would be my honour to supply a work worthy of your special member of the family. It doesn't matter what breed your dog is, whether mixed, purebred or a saved from the pound "57 varieties", if they are important to you, they deserve a great portrait!
Please note the red dot next to the artwork images in this gallery indicate that the artwork is sold or not available from the artist.
Chloe is a 2 year old kelpie. Her owner Narelle Anderson commissioned a portrait of her and supplied the photograph. She had doubts about the portrait coming out as she admitted to not having the greatest shot of her beloved canine.
Pastel portrait, on paper, of a Jack Russell dog called Fletcher, owned by my neighbours. This very typical, if not brief pose for this little dog who frequented the property whenever he could. He was usually on the move so much that taking a photo is nearly impossible, but kindly sat still for about 30 seconds, trying not to look to guilty. The owners were thrilled with this portrait which now graces their home.
Pastel portrait of two dogs owned by a local of the Pearcedale (Victoria, Australia) area. The painting is made up from two individual photos which were merged to the one pic to create this final version.
Pastel portrait, on dark blue art board, of a little dog owned by my nearby neighbours in Pearcedale, Victoria, Australia. As I have seen many times, this little dog loves to go for walks with his owners and I see them on the road we live on quite often. If I am out gong for a walk or working in the front yard we have a chat and I get a chance to say hello to this beautiful little dog. It had not occurred to me until fairly recently to take a photograph of him for an artwork, but I finally got around to it and took several photographs whilst we were chatting one day.
This is the finished painting of Rastas. It came together amazingly fast. I didn't want to do a large work, so I used a previously stored canvas board. It was completed in just under 2 hours. I think I managed to capture the sweet nature that he had as a puppy.
Pastel drawing on charcoal coloured pastel paper of a family pet (dog) called Rocky. This is a commissioned work by the pet's owner. Rocky was 12 years old at the time of the commission.
Pastel portrait for a local of the southern Mornington Peninsula area. The dog's name is Skye, she is a little shy but brimming with personality which I hope I have captured in this portrait.