Commissioned Portrait of Bowzer

Just before the holidays I was commissioned to paint a memorial portrait of this beautiful dog, Bowzer.  This was a gift from my friend, Maria, to her dear friend, Zara, who was grieving over the loss of her “big, sweet boy.”

Since this was a surprise gift, I couldn’t ask Zara for a high resolution reference image to work from. Fortunately, we found a nice one of him on Zara’s website.


With a memorial portrait I always “call” on the one who has departed and ask them to guide me.

I feel their presence.

Their love for the person who is going to receive the painting goes into each and every brush stroke.

Bowzer’s spirit came shining through to me. I could “see” how he looked when he was young, healthy, and vibrant.



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I received this beautiful note from Maria when I finished the portrait:

This portrait of Bowzer is absolutely beautiful. There are no words. I can’t stop crying. She will love it.

Thank you for helping me bring her a smile and memories with your gift.

– Maria

And I received this beautiful note from Zara after she received the portrait from Maria:

Your painting of Bowzer is so amazing and realistic poor Maria had me sobbing. Thank you doesn’t begin to describe seeing him like this as a pup.

I keep staring at the portrait and almost feel like I can touch him. Your work is amazing. I really can’t thank you enough!

– Zara

It fills my heart with joy to know that I’ve touched someone’s heart with my artwork. Thank you Maria! Thank you Zara! And thank you, Bowzer!

Click here to see some of my other (pet) portraits.