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


Pastel - 42 x 34cm

A beautiful black labrador named Zeke. This portrait was commissioned as a gift for the client's father whom Zeke had a special place in his heart. Zeke's grey muzzle was muted a little as he had gone quite grey round his muzzle in old age, as often labradors do. Such a handsome boy, I loved painting Zeke!

OMG - hello Karen, Zeke’s portrait arrived safe and sound on Tuesday!!! We delivered it to Dad yesterday and it was so special watching him open it up and see such emotion on his face and tears in his eyes. He could only manage to get out the word “Awesome”! It brought so many memories flooding back. You have captured Zeke perfectly with his “Flying Nun” ears, his gorgeous cheeky grin and his beautiful big brown eyes – it’s as if he’s looking straight at us. You really do have a special talent and we couldn’t be happier. We started looking for the perfect spot to hang Zeke straight away so have held him on pretty much every spot of Mum and Dad’s house to find it. Dad will get it hung over the weekend so we can send you a picture. Karen, it has been such a joy going through this experience with you and having you bring a part of our boy back to life with this portrait. I have appreciated you keeping us updated every step of the way and all the progress shots. It’s been an awesome journey with you! Thanks again, as Dad said it’s just Awesome! I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

~ Rewa Plant (New Plymouth)

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