29 x 33 cms  1996


Jemma was the mother of Wally, the black dog who appears so often. Her owner's, leg is alongside her. Jemma was diagnosed with a fatal nerve disorder, so, before she died I painted her. Then they discovered their misdiagnosis and she lived at least another five years.

Dogs are lovely things to paint. Like horses, they express themselves in every twist of muscle.

She has a halo because she was, in her owner's opinion, a perfect dog.