This is my newest work. Jim loves his dogs and the time he spent with Sadie and now Cody working with them in the woods and fields. Sadie on the right was a fine girl with a robust personality and an active sense of humor. Some years later Jim acquired Cody who is also a good hunter and friend. Jim wanted to commemorate both dogs in a more permanent way than a photograph and hired me to do it. When we first met he commented wryly that when he dies his children might just throw a painting of the dogs away . . . but if he’s featured in the painting as well, they’ll keep it. The commission grew when Jim asked to include a pheasant and a wood duck. The painting was almost finished when he requested the U. S. Navy Veteran logo be painted onto his cap!
Jim describes the final result as very satisfying to have a memento of the life he’s chosen, lived on his terms surrounded by what he values. How wise to find a way to celebrate life when you’re young enough and robust enough to live it.
I enjoyed this commission very much and am proud of the obvious enjoyment Jim takes from having it in his home.