Sometime ago I visited a house in Florida. On the wall of this very up market residence was an enormous oil painting of the family Spaniel. They clearly loved the furry fellow but perhaps this wasn’t the best way to express it. It was ghastly. No matter how much we like our pets immortalizing them in pictures or words can be a difficult business .Too often our love effects our judgment and we end up with something mawkishly sentimental or sickeningly cute.
Which is why I love Tim Flach’s dog portraits so much. He manages to capture the essence of each breed by creating portraits that are worthy of their owners. By turns beautiful, characterful and charming.