The most popular breed out of 2018’s Christmas commission lineup by a landslide, and all around front runner in the people’s choice category, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to find out the Labrador took top spot. Yellow Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Black Labradors, Red Fox Labradors, Labrador and Retriever mixes….you name it, I painted it. These sweet tempered, intelligent dogs with eyes that melt the soul and hearts that are larger than life would make anyone fall in love.
I had the pleasure of painting this pink nosed, Yellow Labrador named Briggs for Brittany from Baltimore, Maryland. Intended as a surprise Christmas gift for her mother, this portrait was a big hit.
The love of her life, she almost lost Briggs this past July when he suffered a stroke in his spinal cord.
A photo of Briggs with his mouth slightly open, forming a triangular shape (his signature, relaxed go-to pose) was purposefully selected as a reference. Having recently turned 11 and starting to show signs of age, a portrait of their beloved boy was the perfect gift to commemorate this special family dog.