Since many of my clients live far away, I don’t always get the chance to meet the animals I spend weeks studying and painting. I rely on good photos, collaboration with the pet owners, and my knowledge of animal anatomy and form in order to bring out their unique personalities and physical characteristics.

Luckily, Sierra lives not far away, near Syracuse, and visits the Capital District occasionally. We met this summer. She warmed up to me quickly and was proud to show me some of her favorite toys. For many Labradors, swimming for tennis balls is the most important sport of all. It’s a skill that requires agility, speed, focus, and heaps of enthusiasm. Sierra has perfected her technique over the years, but owes much of her success to the fans, coaches, and tennis ball tossers that love her dearly and appreciate the joy and companionship she offers unconditionally.


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