|18" x 18" x 1.5", oil on masonite|
Lora, a friend of a friend, asked me if I would be interested in painting a portrait of her deceased cat Vincent - the name coming from his short ears that give him his unique appearance (he'd lost them due to an infection when they had taken him in). She, like Nina, was hesitant at first and confessed her concern w/ the stigma associated with the subject claiming that she was "not one who thought of herself with portraits of deceased pets lining her halls". However, Vincent had become a very important part of her life and she wanted something to remember him by. She picked out this statuesque photo of him standing guard on their deck and I saw many exciting opportunities in the white fur texture and the vibrant greens of the fall landscape behind him. Although the pose and the subject inevitably create a dramatic impression, I set out to paint only what I saw and leave it impressionistic enough so that it didn't get too close to the traditional melodramatic pet painting where there's a floating head that looks oddly human-like with painted auras of light around it. I am fairly happy with the turnout and I believe she was too. Thanks Lora!