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It’s always a little limiting when you get a commission to paint a captured moment from a supplied photograph, but this was a special moment and a special girl. So I thought I’d share this one now that it’s veil of secrecy has been lifted.

‘Zoe and Rags’ was for a surprise birthday present and all had to be kept under wraps until it was handed over. I couldn’t even ring or text the client! However, somehow it all went smoothly and I now have permission to show the painting.

So here she is, Zoe and her dog Rags:


This is the only snap I have and it was taken on a phone, so apologies for the quality. The dog is suffering from reflected light a little, he’s darker in real life.