I don’t always paint pugs, but when I do, they be royal.

 

Lord Rocco (the Pug) 36" x48" Oil on Panel 2016

Lord Rocco (the Pug) 36″ x48″ Oil on Panel 2016

Lord Rocco The Pug - detail

Lord Rocco The Pug – detail

This paintings was a commission for Tiffany Haarsma, owner of Haarsma Waste Innovations. Based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Haarsma Waste Innovations Inc. is the largest independent family owned and operated Commercial and Residential Waste Management and Recycling Company on the mid and lower Island. Plug rhymes with pug!

Rocco with pug painting.

Rocco with pug painting.

Tiffany and her husband commissioned a regal portrait of their special family member, a pug named Rocco. He is a super hungry pug, and also goes by the name Mr. Puggums.

I met Rocco at our home, and he was a wonderful model. While his human mommy held up snacks for Rocco to stay put, I was most surprised that Lord El Rocco had the ability to simultaneously keep one eye on me, and the other eye on his snacks. Rocco also made a dash upstairs for our kitchen to see what was cooking, and how this could involve him. I knew from that point on, Rocco was probably my soul mate.

Personal and historical family imagery were woven into the piece, and the Elizabethan ruff fit the curve of his fur perfectly.  Enjoy!

Lord Rocco The Pug - detail

Lord Rocco The Pug – detail

Lord Rocco The Pug - detail

Lord Rocco The Pug – detail

Lord Rocco The Pug - detail

Lord Rocco The Pug – detail

Lord Rocco The Pug - detail

Lord Rocco The Pug – detail

Lord Rocco The Pug - detail

Lord Rocco The Pug – detail

Lord Rocco The Pug - detail

Lord Rocco The Pug – detail

Lord Rocco at Winchester Galleries before delivery.

Lord Rocco at Winchester Galleries before delivery.

Lord Rocco getting photographed at The Print Lab. Photo by Terry Zlot.

Lord Rocco getting photographed at The Print Lab. Photo by Terry Zlot.