John is known nationally as the foremost portrait
artist of the canine species. His intimate observation of the animal
has evolved into an insight into our relationships with them and
even ourselves. And, in the case of this particular painting, himself.
True Companions is an homage to his Labrador retriever, Maggie.
Though John does not paint himself into his own work, we are observing
a common occurrence in his own backyard. While the two seem to be
basking in the warmth and amber glow of the evening's fire, is it
possible that something else deflects the night's chill? In the
company of his steadfast companion, a moment that could be considered
full of loneliness becomes one of magic. Published from the artist's
original oil painting.