Anyone who knows me, knows that I passionately love my dogs. I love to talk about them, show them off, and spend most of each day with them. So, when I saw how talented Kelly Savage was with dog portraits, I approached her about doing my three furchildren.
She agreed, and I can't be more excited. Kelly has taken an amazing amount of time, gathering information and photos of the dogs. She has asked questions until she has a good image in her mind of, not only what they look like, but what their personalities and quirks are.
I've worked with some of the most talented artists in the model horse world, and I truly appreciate the professionalism and the seriousness with which Kelly has approached this project.
You can watch the progress on her blog, here. She also has some extraordinary sculptures and paint jobs, and is definitely a force in our world, but right now all I can think about is how pleased I am with the progress of the project, and how exciting it is to watch as the portraits will be taking shape. The composition of the photos is spot-on, her choice of each photo really does capture the inner essence of each dog. She's right that Casper has a 'glint of wisdom', indeed, he is something of an 'old soul'. Bear is just a rollicking goofball with a mane, and Yasha is, as always, alert and aware.
Don't worry, Kelly, that Boxing Shire will be yours.. and something else besides. I've done a lot of trades, for horses and tile work and molds, but this trade gives me more joy than I can describe.