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.
This was a fun though somewhat melancholy event at Renegade Studios. This multidisciplinary space was home to musicians, theatre groups, and visual artists, and is another soon to be casualty of condo development. A bit of an unofficial extension of Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl, this space was the art home to my talented friend Maddy Andrews. Maddy is a multidisciplinary artist who uses acrylic, textiles, and oils. Wall space was also shared with my mom, Jan MacLean, who paints in acrylic. The informal space was a nice way to share my newer work in oil, alongside some older prints of pet portraits and kids books.