Ryder 9" x 12" Oil on Canvas
Ryder's portrait was commissioned by our neighbor, Laura Heitz as a Christmas gift for her husband, Jay. I felt that this energetic yet incredibly obedient dog's personality would be best conveyed with a more direct and less blended painting technique.
Usually I prefer to take reference photos in a dog's own yard or home but Ryder's friendly demeanor and familiarity with our yard allowed me to get some good, comfortable looking shots when Laura broght Ryder to the studio yard. Late afternoon light from behind created a wonderful glow around this great family dog.
I am proud to say the painting was well received and described as "incredible" by Jay, "beautiful" by Laura and "perfect" by one of their sons.