Elsa’s Pet Portrait
BY ERICA ERIKSDOTTER
Elsa’s portrait is an original painting commissioned by a repeat client from Maryland. This was the companion piece to Roxy’s portrait which she won at the Knock Out Abuse‘s auction. What a treat to paint this award winning “Grand Champion” Leonberger, and Roxy – both gifts for my client’s husband, but truly a gift for the whole family who loves these dogs so much.
I knew from the start that Elsa would look wonderful against a calm, green background, but it was important the two portrait would work together – side by side. With a creative license from the client, I decided this deeper green for Elsa, and an equally calm yet intense blue for Roxy.
“I commissioned the portrait of my beautiful 3 year old Elsa right after we found out she had cancer and had less than a year with her. The painting hangs in our family room, right by my desk and it is seen by my family and me every day, several times a day. It brings me so much happiness, so much more than I would ever realize because it makes me smile and happy, rather than sad which happens when I sometimes look at photos. Erica’s heart comes through in her work and I feel it every time I look at Elsa.”
Medium: Acrylic on canvas. Sealed with matte varnish for protection.
Size: 11 x 14 inches (28 x 35 cm)