The best part of my job is getting to meet my subject(s). In this case, Teddy, a Great Pyrenees and Tessie, a Welsh Corgy are quite the unlikely pair. Picture Teddy, wise like Eeyore and slow to speak, with deep-voiced words and always kind. Tessie, may be younger and smaller, peppy and more mischievous, but both are the pride and joy of Fran and George.
We took a lot of candid shots at the photo shoot. It is unusual that a single photo has the perfect composition, which captures the personality and character of the pet(s). So, this particular painting required a number of photos, to use as loose reference to form the ideal composition. The process, from starting sketch to finished painting, is a blast! I am so honored to get a glimpse into this family, capture it, and relate it through this artwork and heirloom that will last for generations.
These dogs are so precious. I just love these guys and their people too.