Oil on canvas, 24 by 18 inches
Popular among 18th- and 19th-century aristocracy, dog portraiture lives on thanks to artists such as Alexis England. For her oil paintings, England works with her subject and client to create the perfect image. "I first do photo shoots with the subject to get a good image and to get to know the dog a little," she explains. "I then paint from the image chosen by the owner and me. Ultimately, the owner ends up with a painting that embodies their dog, whether it's a typical favorite pose or a familiar expression that pulls at their heart."
Oil on canvas, 11 by 14 inches
"This is a painting I envisioned rather than painting from life," England says. "I love the more anecdotal paintings of the old masters.
About Alexis England
"It's no accident that I've become known for my paintings of animals. I have loved them since the day I opened my eyes," says artist Alexis England. "You could say they are my religion -- extreme words perhaps, but easy to understand for those of you who get the same feeling when you look into their eyes." 'working in oils out of her 18th century barn studio in upstate New York, England accepts limited commissions for her animal portraiture. for contact information, visit AlexisEnglandArt.com.