Great Scotty Dog I painted tartan! I loved this commission and I was lucky enough to meet Hamish, as I LOVE Scottish terriers! Hamish has a Kennel name Of Wee Haggis (of the clan) MacGregor so I painted his clan tartan kilt and added other traditional Scottish wear such as the sporran and flashes on the socks, and a collared scottish dove, since Hamish had an interesting way of not caring if doves ate from his bowl after he had his fill.
A cheeky, smart little two year old black Miniature Schnauzer named Jemima. Her owner wanted me to draw her looking pleased on their couch pictured. (Jemima has been found to demolish cushions when no one is around and never looks the least bit guilty when discovered). A couple of traits that made Jemima unique (and more adorable) was that she was smaller than usual for her breed and her ears are notibly upright, rather than folded over like Schnauzers' ears are supposed to be.
A commission for lady Kristy, who's cat Lilith had a lens removed from one eye in his older years, hence the monocle request, together with an "older Morrissey" influence. A lot of fun for me to complete and it's also one of my favourites I've done so far. "I’m just blown away, and once again must say thank you for all you’ve done. The frame is perfect, it fits brilliantly with the house, and the picture is just so magnificent. It almost bought a tear to my eye seeing it, his character expressed the way you did, it is something I will truly treasure. You have a very special talent." Kristy Pickett, 24 May 2012.
Dominic and Luigi was the largest commission done so far, arouned A3 size. The Olive tree, and the detail in the outfits down to the hats, spats, and Saint Christopher medalion, were specific requests by the poodles' 'mum'. Luigi is the older and more dominant of the two brothers, and had a demeanor like a Count. While the younger Dominic is very 'servante', and a loveable dork. The painting was surprisingly easy to paint, since the client was so specific, and happy to have me fill the blanks such as colour, composition and posing, however I liked.
My younger brother asked me early on when I first started doing pet portraits, to draw his catfish (the tough one on the left corner) who was a bit of a bully in it's younger days, and was the longest lasting and had grown quite large. We all wondered how I could do fish in my portrait style, as they have no legs and can't wear the usual pieces of clothings I like drawing onto pets. Well my bro's 30th birthday came up this year, and since he's moved out of home and couldn't take his aquarium with him, it was a perfect moment to paint 30 of his fish for his new home. It was actually great painting the fish, lots of sequins! and fish with hats are funny.
This is Lulu and Mishka, a Poodle and Rottweiler pair of best buds. A commission of two much loved dogs as as surprise gift for the master, so the challenge was to dress them as gals, but not too girly since it was for the man of the house. I settled on some comfy hangout-at-home outfits and I was told they looked right at home, like they're sitting on the couch watching TV. The cutest couple of furry couch potatoes if I'd ever seen one.
"King" Thumper, a beautiful large brown bunny who lived to the amazing old age of 12 years! A much loved house rabbit who loved arrowroot milk biscuits, this one was close to my heart, being a fellow house rabbit owner in the past. If only people knew how much character and mischief bunnies can have, given the free space, care and attention.
Olive the rabbit was a six week old lop eared rabbit that I bought one day in 2000. Four years later over one fortnight Olive fell sick, and unfortunately a few vet trips were made too late, and in some painful hours of hoping the urgent medication the vet gave Olive would help, Olive died.
I was working as an animator at that stage, with a natural instinct and speciality towards character animation. Sorry that no one really knew how much personality Olive had, and sorry that I didn’t give Olive as much time as a rabbit with funny, affectionate antics deserved, I began drawing Olive as the funny character she was. She was so much more than just a pet rabbit.
Olive The Rabbit was the beginning of my business and so remains as the original inspiration and mascot for this unique Australian’s Artist’s style of custom animal portraits!