This portrait was created for a Christmas present, which is always a special commission. In this case, Betty had passed away recently so it was extra meaningful.
It feels so intimate to provide someone with a reminder of their relationship with their animal companion when that pet is no longer with them. It’s so deep and sad when this relationship ends. It’s a special, pure type of connection whose weight I think is often overlooked.
I used India ink to paint Betty with some white gouache for accents, and for the background used watercolour and white pen.
So I’ve gone on a little hiatus after going back to work, but have finally gotten on the ball and started scanning again. These pieces are from my summer project, which is untitled right now, but has something to do with the dualities inside of us. More to come soon.