I am an oil painter who specializes in small scale dog/pet portraits. The paintings shown here range in size from 8"x8" to 12"x16". Because I find it important to capture the dog's/pet’s likeness and personality, my paintings are realistic and detailed. I work slowly and carefully to achieve the likeness as well as I can.
I come from the Czech Republic and I lived in the United States for 20 years until January 2019. Now I am back in the CR. In 2004, I took my first oil painting class at North River Arts Society in Marshfield, MA, USA with Susan Lynch. The class concentrated on still-lifes and I loved it. During the following 8 years, I also studied oil painting with Sue Charles and Dianne Panarelli Miller at Dianne's studio, South Shore Arts Center in Cohasset, MA as well as North River Arts Society. My training expanded from still-lifes to figures and portraits using live models. And then, one day, a friend suggested I paint another friend's dog. And that was Thimba, my first dog portrait in November 2011. I must say that I've always felt a great connection with dogs in general. I took care of dogs for many friends when they went away and I enjoyed so much having Otis - a boxer - beside me at work - at South Street Gallery in Hingham, MA where I am also represented. www.southstreetgallery.com
SOLO SHOW of my paintings - dog and pet portraits and still-lives - is on display now at Zahradní Kavárna TREES, 17. listopadu 1270, Červený Kostelec, Czech Republic, until Sept. 25 2019.
March 2019 - my painting of grapes in a wine glass was used in Magdaléna Ochmanová’s project Po Kráse Vína, a song about beauty of wine
June 2018 - my painting of Greenboy was accepted by the jury for the annual South Shore Art Center's Arts Festival in Cohasset, MA
June 2018 - Boston Voyager magazine published an interview with me
May 2018 - my painting of Tucker was accepted by the jury for the Annual Festival of the Arts at the North River Arts Society in Marshfield, MA
April 2018 - my painting of Charlotte was accepted by the jury for the Annual Juried Show at the Scituate Arts Association in Scituate, MA
July 2017 - my painting of Miss Sweets received the Blue Ribbon Award (one of four) in the South Shore Art Center's Blue Ribbon Members' Show in Cohasset, MA
January 2017 - my painting of Otis was accepted by the jury and received Honorable Mention in the Winter Juried Show at the Duxbury Art Association/Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA
May 2016 - Solo Show at Brewed Awakenings, Hingham MA
June 2015 - my painting of Charlotte received Honorable Mention in the South Shore Art Center's Member Show (part of the 60th Annual Arts Festival) in Cohasset, MA
May 2015 - my painting of Cody was accepted by the jury for the Annual Festival of the Arts at the North River Arts Society in Marshfield, MA