In 2001 a gentleman asked me to paint his Sheltie who had just past away. All I had to work from was the photo in the picture. I couldn’t see the colour of his eyes which I needed to give him life. A friend of mine who had a retail store across from our gallery would bring his Sheltie to work with him everyday. So I went over and checked out Cooper’s eyes and used that information to complete the painting. Cooper had almost the identical markings as Toby, so he was a great help filling in more detail than I could get from the photo. The client was very pleased with the results. I’ve done quite a few pet portraits over the years and each one can be challenging, especially if the photos aren’t particularly clear. So it often takes much research checking out the breed (eg: colouring and size).