I met Jim in September 2011. I wanted to make him something cool for Christmas so that year I painted Darwin & Wilber for him on 8×10″ wood block:
It’s been hanging in the living room ever since. Wilber is holding a bauble [present] for Darwin:
I also painted 3 smaller portraits on 6×6″ art boards for friends & family, including Moushka & Her for my parents and Deedee & Otis for Martha:
But I’ve always had one canvas left over, painted all except for animals in the middle. After meeting my German family & meeting their cat Carlos this past Fall, I knew I had to paint Carlos for them. I didn’t want him to be lonely so I added 4 rats to the picture. One of them is holding a bauble for Carlos for when he wakes up 🙂
I painted this before Christmas, but I couldn’t post about it until Daniela & Joachim received it. I was very late getting it to them. Thankfully they loved it!