About Animal Portraits



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More and more I'm getting asked if I do animal portraits - which I'm happy to say I do! I love capturing the special qualities each animal has, both physical and emotional. Sheepdog portraitEvery single living creature in this world is significant; it doesn't matter whether it is some poor thing whose life hasn't been a bowl of cherries or some lucky dog, cat, rabbit, horse, sheep...you name it, who has landed on their feet with someone who really values them.Sheepdog portrait So often we let our egos get in the way of seeing animals for who and what they are or from accepting that to really understand them we need to try to view the world from their perspective sometimes... and give them a break. Animals, nature, the environment - they have a permanent battle on their hands with Homo Sapiens, that's for sure. When I was a child in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and early 70s we lived on the edge of a forest. There were endless salamanders and frogs and other dark, damp creatures moving through their lives under the moist leaves. Baltimore OrioleThere was also a huge variety of beautiful birds - my mother raised a Baltimore Oriole who had fallen out of its nest into our garden, mostly bald except for the odd bit of fluff here and there. We came home late one night from a family holiday to find a stray cat had given birth to a litter of 12 kittens in our garage. We kept them in an old bathtub with their mother until they found homes - one of them with us and our black tomcat, Georgie-Pee. We also had gerbils and fish and later, when we moved to Ireland in 1975 we got dogs - always strays or rescues. We were brought up to love animals and I'm so glad about that; anyone who loves their animal knows that they occupy another, much better, universe - not just the hardened universe of humans and their affairs but another, softer one that brings so much joy and laughter. Whippet curled up sleeping artAnd when I see people who work with animals that have been abused and neglected, trying to restore them to a decent life, I have so much respect! They allow that ugliness into their beautiful animal universe so that they can try to repair the damage done (let's face it), mostly by humans. People like me and you benefit when we adopt an animal that almost inevitably, sometimes with a bit of time and a little extra patience, turns out to be great and who enhances our lives a hundred-fold.Whippet art handmade from copper and enamel

 Love your animal - he or she will be the best friend you ever have.