A painting of "Jack" the black Lab. He is a very handsome intelligent young dog. Lives in Gibsons, B.C.
16" x 16", acrylic on canvas.
A quick pencil drawing of Alina, about 4 months old. This is study for a portrait painting. She is growing so fast that by the time the painting is done, she will be more mature looking.
This is a portrait painting of "Louis" the elephant from Thailand. The painting measures 12"x12", acrylic on canvas.
He came all the way to Canada in 2006, met a little girl living in Gibsons BC, and since then they've become best friends.
This is the painting of "Charlotte". 16"x16" Acrylic on canvas. She is 4 years old, very loved beautiful pug.
This is a portrait painting of "Whiskers". 16"x16" Acrylic on Canvas. I was commissioned to paint him for a surprise Christmas gift. Whiskers, originally from a California cat rescue shelter would eventually make the move to Canada, Vancouver, along with his owners. A lovely gentle spirit, hopefully his painted image will continue to give his owners comfort in knowing that he is always with them.
This is a painting I was commissioned to paint in 2007. They look very happy together. It measures 24" x 30", acrylic on Canvas. Here is the lovely story about four bunnies from my client.
Some people might call them stuffed animals or say they are made of cloth. Technically, they would be right. But they are still real. If you can paint them, they must be real. We say goodbye to them when we leave the house, we tell them when we will be back, and we talk to them when we are in the bedroom, where they live.
Bunny Rabbit was the first. He is pink and white. When my wife and I met 40 years ago, she had a stuffed bunny on her bed and I commented that I didn’t believe I had ever had a rabbit when I was a child.
That Easter (1972), she gave him to me. Surprised, I said “a bunny rabbit” and so that became his name. He is the patriarch of the family that has grown up around him. A year later, I gave her the small white rabbit with the pink nose. He is Baby. Why? Because he is smaller, I guess. In our minds, he is younger than Bunny Rabbit.
About 20 years ago, we were at the Granville Island Market in Vancouver, and my wife saw the little black bunny with the green coveralls, surrounded by others on a table. He held a little tin pail, like a gardener, and had a sign around his neck that read “My name is Mo!” with an exclamation point. She said “look at this little guy,” and he came home with us. Bunny Rabbit and Baby loved him right away. We think Mo! seems kind of sad. It’s his expression. But he fits right in. I wish we had kept the card with his name on it.
Finally, at the same spot on Granville Island maybe 10 or 12 years ago, we saw the little brown bunny with the happy smile. We decided he should be named Greg after “Greg the Bunny,” a clever TV show about an animated bunny who works with humans. It didn’t last very long, but Greg has. He’s very good-natured and will gladly hold someone who needs a nap. He’s soft and cuddly.
For many years, they traveled with us. They have been all over the United States and Canada, and even to England. But now that there are four of them, they fill up a knapsack. More importantly, what if we lost them halfway around the world? Also, we can see that they are starting to show signs of wear, and the one lady we knew who could clean or repair them has retired. So they stay home now, and we think they like it that way. They take care of the house when we are gone and they are always happy to see us when we come home. They are wonderful companions. We always get cards from them at Christmas and for our birthdays. Various dictionary definitions of “real” include “existing,” “being an actual thing” and “genuine.” They are all that, and more.
He is a vintage teddy that I purchased from "Baker's Dozen Antiques" on Main Street in Vancouver, 2006. He is only about 8 inch tall. Very cute little boy.
Painting measures 16"x16", Acrylic on Canvas.
This is the sample display piece of my commission work which I donated for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation's annual "Crystal Ball" Silent Auction today at Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver. A winning bidder will be getting his / her children's "Best Friend" portraiture done.
Another short time lapse of the Sunshine Museum and Archives Teddy coming to life.