the girl & her giant schnauzer iber, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 100cm x 120cm

“The Girl & Her Giant Schnauzer Iber is a painting I did especially for this auction. I was asked to participate at a time when I was seriously contemplating adopting a cat, so I had animals on my mind. Now, after weeks of both failed and successful photo sessions involving a humongous dog, a few days of painting and adopting my own cat Duncan from the Animal Friends League of Kuwait, I feel that somehow the painting, since conception, has come full circle. It started off instantly with an idea to paint one of my favorite people with her ‘son’, Iber. That idea percolated in my head for weeks before I finally put brush to canvas. As I started painting, my idea changed to perhaps including Duncan in the painting, to possibly keeping it just about the dog, then it became about the dress, and finally back to Iber and his ‘mommy’. I’m lucky to have been given the opportunity to do this, if only to paint such a magnificent animal and his equally magnificent mother.”

The painting is lot #3. I am SO EXCITED about the viewing and a little terrified about the auction. But I think it will be a lot of fun.

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