From the contented company of an old friend to manic whole-body wags greeting me at the end of the day, nothing makes me smile quite like getting smiled at by a dog.
I loved painting these portraits because they show just how happy pets and their owners make each other.
I hope they make you happy too.
You know what also makes me smile? Dogs named after food.
Right before painting Miso here, I had a commission to paint a French Bulldog named Burger. Burger.
Burger, Miso, you guys rock!
Bruce the Welsh Corgi
This portrait was painted from a photo where Bruce was just ready to leap out of the car with excitement.
Dudley is part Cocker Spaniel and part Pomeranian and all joy. His human commissioned this portrait on a huge canvas, so Dudley is just kind of peeking in the corner. I love the effect.
Lola was rescued twice, and her human got in touch with me to paint a dog memorial that would capture her loving smile as a forever memento.
Good girl, Lola.
This happy dog portrait of Bailey the Bernese Mountain Dog was a Christmas gift that went over beautifully well! Speaking of beauty, Bailey is such a gorgeous example of a Bernese that her Dog Parents let me include her in my print collection of dog breeds.
Bao Bao the Samoyed
Who could be happier than a Samoyed in snow??
Benji the Beagle
If there was one painting I could say captured the essence of “Good Dog”, it would be this smiling Beagle here. Benji is also available as a print from my Van Isle Dog Art site.
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