We are very excited to follow New Zealand artist Jewel Mathieson as she is currently working on a portrait of Hilary and Thunder for her new book “Indomitable Spirit” which is due to be published in late 2014. Jewel shares updates from her work on Facebook and it’s very exciting to watch her amazing portraits come to life, step by step. We’re hoping to buy the drawing of Hilary and Thunder when it’s completed and we are of course going to order a copy of the book too! You can see more examples of Jewel’s beautiful work on Pet Portraits by Jewel Mathieson
The drawing is still in an early stage but we can already see that Jewel has captured Hilary’s soft and sweet nature and Thunder’s gentle “old soul”. Amazing!
Jewel works in coloured pencil and the many layers of fur are made up of hundreds and hundreds of tiny pencil strokes.
After eight more hours of work, Thunder’s coat has so much detail and depth that you could almost touch it. Wow!!
The book “Indomitable Spirit” focuses on the early working breeds of the Arctic as well as on today’s descendants of these dogs. Among the 57 drawings that will be included in the book are Joe Henderson’s freighting team in Alaska and Malamutes from Nordiclight and Tsawake, as well as Karen Ramstead’s North Wapiti Siberian Huskies who are competing in the Iditarod this year. Our boy Thunder turns 10 years old this summer so Jewel’s portrait will be a lovely and very timely tribute to a wonderful member of our family ♥