Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"Lily & Dougal"

(Oils on Canvas) 24x36in

A commissioned Oil Painting for a 60th Birthday present for Sally, a client in Queensland, Australia... of two beautiful Labrador Retrievers. Lily is sadly no longer with us, whilst Dougal misses his best mate immensely.
Dougal has now also sadly passed on in 2015.

Both dogs were taken to Special Needs & Elderly Homes as therapy dogs,
I bet they were a most popular arrival, such gentle gorgeous dogs! I think that's such a giving thing to do,
and hope if ever I'm in a home for the aged, I get to spend time with animals such as Lily & Dougal, it would just brighten your day,
especially for people who have spent most of their lives with animals for companions, and know how special that is.

Golden retriever oil painting by pet portrait artist Karen Neal

golden retriever oil painting

Closeup of Dougal

golden retriever oil painting

Closeup of Lily

golden retriever painting

These are the two photos poses of Dougal (left) and Lily (right) that she liked in particular, and I photoshopped each painting to come up with a composition (below) and also a dark green background to give the client an indication of how the painting would look.

happy pet portrait clients

What a truly incredible oil painting of our beloved Golden Retrievers, Lily and Dougal. Karen has captured the very essence of them. Their individual personalities shine through their eyes. This was a commission for my special birthday. Karen kept in touch with us from the first stroke of her brush and we felt part of the whole process. It was wonderful to watch our dogs come to life by following it all “On the Easel.”

happy pet portrait

We happened to be visiting Auckland when Karen was there for the weekend, so it was a delight to personally collect the painting and meet Karen at the same time. Thank you Karen for creating the best birthday present I have ever received.
- Sally and Harry Leventis, Gold Coast, Australia.

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