-2 minutes read - 385 words - by Rebecca Duftom
Portraits may be done as drawings, paintings and three-dimensional felt sculptures. When I do a pet portrait, I look for a characteristic pose that expresses their unique personality. Ideally, I prefer to meet the animal, observe their behaviour and take my own photos. When this isn’t possible, I find out how the client sees their pet and obtain a variety of photos from them. For a portrait to be truly timeless, I think it’s best to depict the animal in its prime, when its character is well established but before the signs of age creep in.
Some of my best portraits are of dogs I know very well.
Leroy and Seamus were two Border Collies who lived with my friends in Arundel, Quebec.
I was commissioned to make felt sculptures of both dogs.
Seamus by Rebecca Dufton, 8 inches tall, wool roving on wire armature
Over the years, I also painted Leroy and Seamus many times.
Seamus by Rebecca Dufton, 16 x 12 inches, acrylic on canvas
Leroy by Rebecca Dufton, 18 x 14 inches, acrylic on canvas, private collection
Seamus Playing by Rebecca Dufton
Contact me for more details about arranging a pet commission.