Posted 4 months ago ago
A man who has spent over a decade painting dog portraits has completed his 2,000th piece of art!
Clive Hemsley has been generating portraits of dogs in Henley-on-Thames for 12 years, and has even moved into a new studio so he can paint larger canvases.
That works out at 166 paintings a year - or 13 paintings a month - or one every three days!
The artist said: “I do it because I love dogs, but they’re also easy and quick to paint. Dog owners just send me a few images on their phone, and I do the rest!”
Clive’s paintings cost £270, and if the owner doesn’t like the painting - they don’t pay! But the painter does use his profits to support charities, as well as fund his studio space.
He said: “The new studio gives me so much more freedom. The lighting is amazing and I can create theatre lighting or use hi light spots or just use natural light - this flexibility is so exciting as I can literally get any size canvas in this studio.
“I will as always support my charities and continue to use this new facility as a private studio and accept private commissions - now nothing is to small”
Dogs and owners can visit Clive’s new studio at Greys Meadow Studio, Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire, or email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org to be painted of your pooch.
He added: “I can use those images to create a legacy of your family beast. Please don’t leave it until your dog has died because that upsets me! Any time after a year is best for a dog picture - and it's the perfect gift of remembrance.”
There are just two rules that Clive requires owners to follow - that the photo is at ‘dog level’ and he can see both eyes on the image!
Clive said: “Nobody pays anything until the artwork is complete and approved as everybody has to be happy with the finished artwork. Remember a dog painting is for forever - not just for Christmas.”