2020 Online Salon

Tam and Perch in Spring

  • Artist: Lauren Sawchyn 
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas panel


I have a side business, www.sawchynfineart.com, where I take commissions for fine art projects, mostly pet portraiture. This was a rare occasion where I was able to create portraits of my own beloved dogs – Tam (a 6-year-old neutered male Border Collie) and Perch (a 4-year-old spayed female English Labrador Retriever). The background was done in a loose plein air study from my yard. For the dogs, I did sketches from life and then use photos as a loose reference for some details. I still do a lot of painting and drawing in traditional media and from life, as it helps me grow my illustration skills, allows me to try out new techniques, and gives me a break from staring at the computer screen!