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.
This is just a little commission- 5 x 7 inches, to honour the memory of Bailey. This image shows Bailey as a puppy. He and his owner loved spending time in the North Shore forests, providing inspiration for the background colour scheme.