Remembering Annie in Art


Once again, Annie, our beagle has been captured sniffing out art! This time it is a portrait of her.

I think this was actually the first artwork of Annie that I did.  It was started as a painting demonstration that I did for a class. I was always glad that I had captured the funny way Annie crossed her back legs when she sat.  Annie was always quite the lady while waiting.  As you can see by the empty bowl she was trying to convince me that I should feed her…a common ploy of beagles!  (For some reason it also reminds me of the painting, “Whistler’s Mother” – the pose I guess.)

Of course as soon as the food appeared any ‘lady-like’ premise evaporated and the true excited, ‘starving’ beagle nature took over, as she wolfed down her dinner.

Annie’s origin was a mystery.  She came to us from the local animal shelter and was selected by our daughter who bonded with her immediately: Annie had licked her hand. (Smart move on Annie’s part!)  Anyway, the attraction was mutual and pretty soon we had a new dog.


My husband walked Annie religiously twice a day. I nicknamed him Beagle Man after the two of them became a fixture around our neighborhood.  The fabric piece above was created from photographic transfers onto fabric and lettering written with dye paste.


My students could almost predict that Annie-the-Beagle would be the subject of any classroom demonstration.  Here she is as an example of various deconstructed silkscreen techniques.


Annie, ever the faithful watch dog on our porch would eventually just get bored looking out for something to bark at and go to sleep.  One day I decided to sketch her as she went through this process.  Some of these sketches eventually made their way onto illustration board and “Beagle Dreams” began.  Not really knowing what Annie may be dreaming about, I imagined that it was the rabbit that always grazed just beyond her reach.


I began this artwork last fall when Annie was very sick with a bone related disease.  My thoughts about this time period were scribbled onto the surface and then melted into the background as images and colors evolved.  Our medical support team at Lakemont Veterinary, (Dr.Nicodemus, Dr. Piper and their staff,) is remembered by the veterinary symbol stenciled throughout the composition.  A detail sketch of canine spinal discs is portrayed as well.

Left unfinished for a year, I was finally able to complete “Remembering Annie” a couple weeks ago.  It represents a courageous little beagle, whose life and companionship taught us all a little more about patience, persistence and finding  a little bit of joy in each and every day.

1 Comment

  1. Mary
    November 30, 2015

    Sharon, these are beautiful and what a great story! You do such beautiful work- love to you and the BeagleMan!


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