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Portraits of Perfection

I’m a proud parent/pet owner and I love my mini schnauzers Violet and Daisy. Many know them as my fur babies.  Yes, I spoil them with special treats and clothes and beds, but I don’t think it’s over the top to capture their likenesses in custom portraits. All better to immortalize them, my dear.

I’m no stranger to collecting art, and being somewhat of an art connoisseur I fill my home with many landscapes from the late 19 century to the modern day. Recently I discovered an appreciation of Contemporary Art when I met a local Westport painter, Dayna Gerring.

After quickly reviewing Dayna’s portfolio I said, on the spot, “You need to paint my Schnauzers!”  After all, artists from 18th century George Stubbs to 20th century Andy Warhol have captured precious pets in pen and ink and with paint. She started right away, and less than a month later these classic, timeless portraits were hand delivered to Rosebrook Gardens.

I made myself clear at our fist meeting that I wanted these portraits to look as they had been discovered in an attic of some great hall in England, where the dogs of the family were as important as the first-born sons.  And being the youngest of three boys, I felt it was only my place to acknowledge the power of the feminine, albeit in canine form!

I think they look MARvellous–and they aren’t even framed yet! But I had to share them with you ASAP.

Now I am curator of a pet collection! I find myself in love with this everlasting way to remember my girls, Violet & Daisy, and proud and blessed to know they will last the test of time.

Truth be told, a third portrait is in the works for Corky, my very first Schnauzer.  This collection will represent the schnauzers of the garden, the First Ladies of the house and the girls who confidently captured my heart.

So, if you are a pet lover like me, and looking for a significant way to immortalize your furry family member, contact Dayna directly at daynagerringpainter@gmail.com.  This is the perfect “to me, from me” gift or as a gift to someone else.  Regardless who is the recipient, or what the occasion may be, know that Dayna comes with the “MAR” seal of approval!

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