About the Collection
Dog Show Collection
Like most people I love dogs; our loyal, four legged friends and companions. They are more than pets; they are part of the family. My passion for drawing and painting comes a close second. Having been host to a range of pets over the decades, animals have taught me responsibility, feelings of joy, compassion, and the difficult lesson of the inevitability of death. I grew up with a jet-black dachshund called “Bruiser” and today I live with a one-eyed rescue pomchi (Pomeranian x chihuahua), “Chester”. It makes sense that I combined both loves, producing art to celebrate the pedigree, mixed breeds and indeterminate of the species. All are dogs of personality, of intelligence and sometimes humour. All of them are loved and all of them love because love has no pedigree.
In 2017 I travelled around Queensland to several Dog Shows – photographing, sketching, meeting, and mingling with dogs and their owners: stewards and judges. I observed the lives and interactions of dogs with people at these events and compared them to the pups I encountered socialising at dog parks. It seemed to me that the lives of humans and dogs were inextricably bound together, each having the need for the comfort of each other’s company. Following this period of investigation, I created a body of artwork for my exhibition “DOG SHOW” held at Traffic Jam Galleries in Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia. The collection showcased a multitude of canine breeds, ranging from the diminutive Chihuahua to the giant Great Dane. There were also virtually hairless dogs like the Chinese Crested and Sheepdogs, with their shaggy coats and Poodles with woolly coats. In my works I enjoyed depicting the bodies of all shapes, sizes, colours, and patterns. I found it fascinating to witness the wide variety of behaviours, personalities, and bonds of friendship in their social interactions. My intention for the exhibition was to encourage the viewer to consider and rethink our relationship with dogs.
Dogs have always been dependent on the whims of their owners. In art they have symbolized domesticity, wealth, and power. Some dogs were bred for specific tasks, but others selected for aesthetic reasons with a fixation on physical appearance. In contemporary society particular breeds have become a ‘fashion accessory’, revealing a lot about our lifestyle as influenced by celebrities and pop-culture. However, dogs will be dogs and have genetic propensities for certain behaviours … not always ones we like!
The escalation of social media has seen an unprecedented rise in dogs with public personas. Instagram dog accounts in some cases have amassed millions of followers worldwide! I am a big fan of the internet and have enjoyed my fair share of puppy snaps but always prefer to look at artist interpretations and pictures of man’s best friend.
I have created a collection of prints and collector dog products featuring artworks from the DOG SHOW Exhibition. As every dog owner knows, every dog has its own personality, yet each breed displays specific characteristics and traits. There is the friendly and affectionate Golden Retriever, the playful Airedale, the loyal German Shepherd, the fearless Doberman, the dependable Old English Sheepdog, and the aristocratic Afghan Hound. I am excited to share this first collection with you featuring musings depicted of all dog breeds. My gallery designs are not restricted to wall-art prints; they can be enjoyed on dog feeding mats, dog beds, dog bowls, collars, bandanas, and canine clothing! Hoodies, T-shirts, and bum-bags (for dog walks to carry essentials) have also been carefully designed for passionate dog owners and enthusiasts. I encourage you to view my affectionate and humorous works and to spot your favourite breed. It doesn’t matter if they are pedigree, mutt, or mongrel – they all deserve something special… and so do all dog lovers!
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