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Animal Portraits by Commission


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Animal Portraits by Commission


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Commissioned Animal Portraits

I began by painting my dog, Ricardo, in 2005. I found myself drawn to his various postures and expressive disposition. Ricardo lived for six short years. I treasure the paintings that I made of him as a reminder of his joyful existence and loving spirit.

There is a long-standing tradition of commissioned animal portraits, which document and preserve the evolving relationships between man and animal throughout history. Animal portraits signify a relationship of loyalty, innocence, and love.

In the 1700's Fragonard captured a feeling of luxury in his paintings of society women with their lapdogs. They emphasize attachment and companionship inside an enchanted world.

19th century artists and patrons were passionate connoisseurs of the horse and hound. Courbet's hunting scenes call attention to the beauty of the purebred, yet many of the animals in his painting became unique individual portraits.

Frida Kahlo painted numerous self-portraits with her various pets-monkeys, deer and exotic birds. They can be interpreted as surrogates for the children she was unable to have, but finally reflect a psychological complexity.

Lately most animal portraits are relegated to an immaterial realm of digital media, which cannot provide the attention or nuance of the painted surface. My paintings continue the tradition of commissioned animal portraits. I am happy to extend my services by offering commissioned animal paintings.