Gus and a whole lot of oil paint

A friend of mine – who also happens to be a former classmate of the nude painting class I took in college – visited recently and politely asked if I had painted at all since moving to Chicago. I hadn’t realized I missed it.

So I decided to paint my girlfriend’s dog as a Valentine’s Day gift. I also decided to post a picture of it on Facebook saying I’d paint your dog if you venmo me $50.

I’ve been busy since. You can catch up and subscribe for updates at

Check below for in-progress pictures of my most recent work. His name is Gus (though Natalie may call him Goose), he’s a mutt the size of two hands, and he’s a handful.

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