Monday, January 31, 2011

Zoe from Tampa

This is Zoe.  This painting was a commissioned piece.  I had to work from photographs as she lives in the warm Florida sun.  I can't speak to Zoe's character as we are not acquainted, but if I were judging on her eyes, I would guess she's rather sweet.
I enjoy painting pet portraits and I'm always struck by the frequency with which dogs have made their way into art through many years.  A basic query for "dog" in the Art Institute of Chicago collection data base results in 128 pieces.  This prevalence seems to speak to the long time curiosity and affection of people have with these animals.  

Why do you think people are so drawn to canines?

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1 comment:

  1. Are you kidding? Jane, I am Danica Skeoch's mom and if this is who I think it is, it is really a small world. Danica's friend April has a dog named Zoe who is a rescued greyhound and she IS the sweetest dog I have ever known. Zoe lives in Florida with her (April's) parents and we miss her alot. If this isn't the same Zoe, you just brought back a wonderful memory to both of us.
    Pam (Danica's Mom)
    P.S. I get your feed on my facebook and I love your drawings.