This is Haimish. “Haimish” (or Hamish) is the Scottish version of “James,” which (in the kindest sense of the word) means “follower.” It is also Yiddish for “friendly,” which is appropriate because this beautiful Sheltie dog has been a friendly follower in his family for many years. This portrait is a mixed media work of burn art, with (artist-quality) colored pencil, on about a twelve inch square cut of pine. There is something so fitting about using burn art to render animals, because the natural feel of the medium compliments such natural subjects as animals -- particularly wildlife.
Artistic renderings of pets (even hunting animals or prize livestock) is a tradition that goes back as far as the beginning of fine arts. And there is no shortage of artists willing to render pets in all kinds of mediums, from bronze sculptures to cartoon-style images. If you wish to have a painting done of your beloved animal, I recommend my friend Jodeen at Conjure Fine Art. I've seen several of her works, and she's made many pet owners very happy with her pet portraits.
It was very kind of Northwest 50Plus magazine to publish an article about me and my burn art. You can find the article (and a sample of my...
Most recent work: "Every Tuesday." 12 x 16 inches on birch plywood. Now on display at the Bush Barn Art Gallery in Salem, Oregon,...
Check out this image in various sizes and print formats at my new (and slowly growing) online store at Fine Art America.
I’m pleased to announce that my piece “Every Tuesday” not only sold at the art exhibit, but it sold the very first day – before the arti...