My latest miniature painting is of this dear little dog called Tag.
Beloved by his owner, he sadly passed away earlier this year.
This was a very special commission intended as a surprise 'thank-you' gift to be presented at a public event.
I'm told the recipient was very moved which is heart-warming for an artist.
Tag was painted in oil on a specially prepared heavy weight paper, and measures in at 38mm in diameter. That's pretty small but quite manageable with the aid of a magnifier. I mounted it in a chrome fob watch case which can be worn on a chain or just kept close to hand in a pocket or purse.
As is often the case the reference was a photo but I placed Tag in a different background setting of his owners beautiful lavender garden.
I've done a few pet portraits over the years but never one quite so small. You have to play a balancing act with the amount of detail in fur at this scale.
I've been making artwork in one form or another for over 25 years now.
Most of my regular income has come working as a painter for a very successful commercial art studio in the UK, my specialization being hand-crafted representational paintings such as portraits, realistic landscapes and figurative scenes.
As an individual artistic presence I've been somewhat hidden away in the shadows of that commercial world, but that arrangement has always worked for me up to now.
Daniel Rose is a UK based artist specialising in portraiture and representational painting.