I don't often like to do commission work, but, if a piece is something that I would normally like to paint and sellable should a client backs out I will take it on.
Portraits are not something I usually enjoy doing as I'm not a big fan of detail. However when a neighbor asked me to do this one for a friend who's doggie had passed away unexpectedly I couldn't refuse.
As I began working on this painting from the reference photo supplied I noticed something in her eyes that seemed to indicate that she was not well. It then became a very sad project for me and seems to be reflected in this artwork.