Hunting Dogs

"Hunting"

 

acrylic

8 x 10

 

"Sarge"

 

acrylic on canvas

24 x 30

gallery wrap

In the private collection of
Rob and Suzanne Preston,
Memphis, TN

"Kip"

acrylic

 

"Buck"

acrylic

30 x 30

 

"Happy Tail"

acrylic

12 x 12
(unframed)

17 x 17
(framed)

 

"Hoot & Harley"

acrylic

30 x 40

In the private collection of Tricia & Dade Hunt, Germantown, TN

"Avery"

 

acrylic

16 x 20

gallery wrap

 

"Weekend Warrior"

 

acrylic

30 x 30

gallery wrap

 

sold

 

"Tucker"

acrylic

28 x 22
(unframed)

38 x 44
(framed)

 

sold

 

"Bud"

 

acrylic on canvas

gallery wrap

 

sold

 

"Sky's Guys"

 

acrylic on canvas

unframed

gallery wrap

 

sold

Sky, a golden retriever and Christmas commission is in the private family collection of Kari and Rick Owens of Cordova, TN

"A Golden Moment"

 

oil on canvas

 

20 x 24

 

sold

Skeeter was a great retriever and friend to my son-in-law. He never missed a hunting trip and lived to swim and hunt. He had only been sick a short time, before he passed away in 2003 at the age of ten. Although he is still sadly missed, Skeeter's memory lives on in his son, Dos and daughter, Daisy. This painting is in the private collection of Shelley, Will, and Coors Arthur of Memphis, Tennessee.

"Bailey"

 

oil on canvas

16 x 12 (unframed)

26 x 22 (framed)

 

 

sold

In the private collection of Debbie and Bill Taylor, Germantown, TN

"Beau"

 

acrylic on canvas

16 x 20 (unframed)

26 x 30 (framed)

 

sold

In the private collection of Reggie Barnes, Memphis, TN

"Bee"

 

oil on canvas

16 x 20

 

 

sold

Bee is a three year old female black lab whose portrait was commissioned by Jim and Sally Wallace of Jackson, TN. Jim is an avid hunter and Bee an excellent retriever. This painting was submitted to the national Ducks Unlimited for their 2005/2006 art competition.

"Boo"

 

oil on canvas

16 x 20

 

 

Sold

Boo is a 10 year old yellow lab whose portrait was commissioned by Jim and Sally Wallace. I don't think Boo gets to retrieve much anymore but Jim said he was one of the best during his prime. This was another painting submitted to the national Ducks Unlimited 2005/2006 art competition.

"Copper"

 

acrylic on canvas

24 x 30

gallery wrap

 

 

Sold

This female lab was a painting done for Debbie Taylor who doesn't have a lab, but always loved them.  Debbie's working and traveling made it hard to care for a dog, especially a large, feisty, needy lab.  She decided a painting of a lab was the perfect alternative as it required no food, doesn't need to be walked or want to go out at 3:00 in the morning.  Copper is in the private collection of Dr. Bill and Debbie Taylor.

 

"Duck Season"

 

oil on canvas

22 x 28 (unframed)

32 x 38 (framed)

 

sold

Part of being a good hunter is having a trusty, faithful friend by your side. The excitement in a dogs eyes as he races for his target is pure devotion. Somethimes cold harsh temperature can totally consume the day and why unconditional love becomes the bond between a hunter and his dog.

"Hershey"

 

oil on canvas

18 x 24 (framed)

28 x 34 (unframed)

This is actually another painting of my 160 pound lab, McGuire, when he was about 2 years old.  He is such a ham and poses everytime he sees me with the camera.  As graceful as he looks now, in real life, he's a cross between a runaway freight train and a bull in a china cabinet.

"Huntin' Buddies"

 

acrylic on canvas

32 x 24

unframed

gallery wrap

 

"Huntin' In Granddad's Stuff"

 

oil on canvas

20 x 24 (unframed)

30 x 34 (framed)

My son-in-law, Coors, has loved to hunt with his dad and granddad ever since he was a small boy. It's still a ritual for the three of them to get together almost every hunting weekend. We now have a fourth generation hunter, Will, who I'm sure will be making his voyage to Mallard Pond before too long.

"Mac Man"

 

acrylic on canvas

24 x 36

 

sold

Surprised to see another painting of a chocolate lab? I didn't think so.  No doubt, a beautiful face, long legs, sleek body, red hair, and charming charisma make this model one of my regulars in front of a camera.  Thank goodness instead of a big check, only a pig's ear and a big kiss are what he likes as payment for a job well done.

"Rebel"

 

oil on canvas

20 x 24

 

 

Sold

"Rebel" is in the private collection of Leigh and Rob Calb. Rob's brother, John, actually commissioned this for them as a Christmas present. "Rebel" is another painting I submitted to Ducks Unlimited, but unfortunaltey I felt the need to change the name to "Skeeter". The name rebel might have caused a problem in this politically correct world.

"Scout"

 

oil on canvas

16 x 12 (unframed)

24 x 20 (framed)

 

 

Sold

Debbie Taylor wanted a Christmas present for her brother, Jim Dye, who loved to hunt with his big, yellow lab, Scout.  Having done several other paintings for Debbie, she couldn't think of anything Jim would love better than to have a painting done of his best buddy doing what he loved to do.  Capturing Scout retrieving ducks is how Debbie thought her brother would always want to remember his hunting partner.  One day when the years of time caused Scout to prefer the inside of their cabin to the water, Jim's painting of Scout will always remind them of their great days together.

"Sophomore Class"

 

oil on canvas

36 x 24 (unframed)

48 x 36 (framed)

These are two of our babies adopted from the Memphis Humane Society when they were 3 months old. We figured McGuire, now 160 pounds, was going to be too big to sell, and his sister, Sammi, born with a deformed foot pad, were the reasons they were given away. The painting "Sophomore Class" was so named because most labs begin their serious training to retrieve by the age of two. This painting has been a good one for me, as it has won a Best of Show and two People's Choice awards.

"The Boys "

 

acrylic on canvas

24 x 36

unframed

gallery wrap

 

sold

This painting was a commission for Karen and Mack Warr of Memphis, TN.  Mack wanted the painting called "The Boys," since that's what he and Karen call their seven year old hunting buddies.  When I went to the Warr's home to take the boy's picture, it was pretty evident that Jake, the chocolate lab was the alpha pup and Jack, the black, the omega.  Mack also wanted his beloved 1959 Chevy in the painting which I thought would make an interesting composition.  I added the duck decoy and entered "The Boys" as one of my submissions to the 2006 Ducks Unlimited Art Competition.

"Zoe"

 

oil on canvas

24 x 20 (unframed)

34 x 30 (framed)

All the art in my galleries have names, and Zoe is one of them. Labs love the water especially when they are playing or hunting with their families.  Zoe tirelessly charges the water to retrieve anything and everything she's signaled to get, eagerly returning with her proud prize.  Since this is a hunting scene, my goal was to show her as a skilled and faithful retriever.