This painting is a commission for a Christmas gift. May is a mix breed. May was found at a construction site, obviously abandoned. She now has a great life and is a very very sweet dog. I hope her owner enjoys the portrait as much I enjoyed painting it.
First the wood is cut either into a square or a rectangle, depending on the design I come up with, and then sanded, primed, painted (the best part). The sides of the block are painted black and then the whole piece is varnished. The fun part of the process is coming up with a breed and a design for that breed. I like to exaggerate the subject with bold color and distinctive shapes. All the paintings are signed with my signature and a paw print, of course, and dated on the back.
One of nine children, I was born in Boston, and lived most of my life in New England. I grew up in Westport, MA and have remained in and around the SouthCoast area. I have three grown sons. Although my interest and love has always been in art, my career took a different path. I worked for ten plus years as a computer software manager at Lotus Corporation and IBM in Cambridge. I worked on the first and last Lotus 123 software for the Mac (remember that!) and started the first quality engineering lab for Media 100, a digital video editing system. After retiring several years ago, I found the urge to paint still strong, and so embarked on what I call my “third life”. Much of my time and energy is now spent painting ( in acrylics and oil) , studying other artist past and present, and taking selective classes and seminars and workshops.