Portraits by Nan Kilgore
Framed Paintings on Panel
Although I can work on with any media my preference is Acrylics on prepared panel. The paintings are done in multiple layers of transparent and opaque paint. This process gives a depth and luminosity that is quite unique. Sizes of my work range from miniature to quite substantial. All are custom framed with great consideration in matching the artwork. Dogs are dearest to me, being a foundation breeder of Ibizan Hounds and they have been the main topic of my work, but I am not limited to dogs as my subject. I can paint any animal including the "human" ones and will show examples below.
Portraits Are More Than Just The Dog
Study drawings of Bart
I was given the commission to paint a handsome Bulldog
for Michael and Myra Myers of Starbull Bulldogs. The photo they
sent me showed a powerful Bart sitting in a quiet, well-groomed
lawn. After doing all my research on the breed I decided to do
Bart justice he should be in a more historic setting. I gave him
a rich Constable type landscape and behind him I put a red
English Shorthorn Bull. After I had completed the painting I felt
I had been successful in doing Bart, as he deserved to be portrayed.
Then it occurred to me that this transformation might be a shock to
Michael and Myra! Luckily they were very pleased and I went on to
do a lovely white bitch with cows in the distance.
Portrait of Bulldog: Bart
I think it is of outmost importance to consider every brushstroke
in a composition. There is not a situation of subject and
background, but rather a seriously developed environment
with the dog being the central focus. The environment should
reflect the personality of the individual subject.
Not A Slave To The Photo
This commission of this lovely child and her Ibizan Hound reminded me of the wonderful Victorian fairy paintings. So I took her from her comfy couch and put her in a sylvan setting. To show the Ibizan to her best advantage I put her ears in a more upright alert position.
I work closely with clients to achieve the most artistic and satisfactory results. My sculptural training and breed knowledge allows me to manipulate the subject's position. I desire to create a painting that will be cherished though the generations, perhaps to become part of the history of the breed. The important point here is that I do not need the perfect picture to create your painting. In fact several images are better that a single image because the images are just the initial reference point and the painting grows from it. I do not copy photographs.
If you are interested in a portrait for a special friend and want more information or a quote, please contact us. I can make something very special for you.
More Than Dogs
Muscle Hill - World Champion Trotter - in private collection
Though I am known better for my canine art I also love to paint all kinds of animals, especially the noble horse. Here is a recent commission for Southwind Farm's Muscle Hill a world champion and one of the best trotters ever. My portrait celebrates his wonderful gate!
Rocket, Tennessee Walker - in private collection of V Belle Isle
Here are two more examples of equestrian art, an old school Tennessee Walker and an English style Jumper. I always work with the client and do not send out the work until it is perfection. With the Internet and email you can get proof images of the work before shipping. You can be anywhere in the world and with a click of a mouse enter our studio!
English Jumper - in private collection of P Walker