“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen
At the time Henri wrote this I am sure that he was only thinking in terms of a relationship with a human being. But in reality this is what a relationship with a dog is all about. They are always quietly there, in the background, watching you, ready to respond when you need them. This is what the painting “Empathy” is all about … the loyalty, compassion and companionship. A friendship that is reflective of the connection and complete understanding between two beings.
Having an oil portrait done of your pet can actually be transformational for them. This is the fourth painting in a series of four. “Shedding Shyness” has a beautiful story centered around the painting.
When I was first contacted by Sawyer’s Dad about doing her portrait he told me he was very concerned about photographing her. You see, she was very shy and he didn’t think I would even be able to get in the door of the house, let alone get a photo of her. She was very shy around people and especially strangers.
Well, Sawyer surprised us all. She wanted to have a portrait done like the rest of the four legged family members. I planned a very special greeting with Sawyer and she did beautifully and was even approaching me by the end of the photo shoot. “Shedding Shyness” was one of a series of four commissioned paintings including, “Happy for No Reason”, “Roamin’ at Rest” and “Li’l Devil with a Dash of Angel”. What an incredible group of animals. Yes … there were 2 cats and 2 dogs that got along fabulously and were so much fun to get to know.
Having a pet portrait is a really big deal for you and your pet. If you are living with a pet that is very special … consider having a pet portrait done. It is a wonderful way to honor them as well as experience that “happy feeling” when you see them, when they are no longer with you.