"Louie and Remy" was commissioned by Brad as a Christmas gift to his wife. Louie and Remy are French bulldogs. It was a tricky commission as I didn't have a good photo of Remy (on the right) to work with. So I ended up painting Louie twice in different poses. All I had to go by was that Remy is smaller and has more tan on his fur. I had to redesign the leather sofa they are sitting on too, so that it makes sense to the viewer. I think I pulled it off. What do you think?
The handsome groom Ben commissioned me to paint a wedding portrait for his wife Leslie as the first anniversary gift. He was also gallant, insisting that he didn't care about how he looked and that Leslie should look beautiful. I did care about how he looked too. I did my darned best despite the less than desirable reference photo. He was a pleasure to work with. I hope Leslie loves his thoughtful gift and wish them a long, happy marriage!
The painting is the copy of a still life painting by Claudio Bravo (1936
- 2011), a Chilean hyperrealist painter. He was greatly influenced by
Renaissance and Baroque artists, as well as Surrealist painters such as
Salvador Dalí. He lived and worked in Tangier, Morocco, beginning in
1972. Bravo also lived in Chile, New York and Spain. He was known mainly
for his paintings of still lifes, portraits and packages.
The painting is a reminder of how beauty resides in everyday things.