"The key to a successful portrait is to


in the light of the eye, the hint of a smile, or the turn of the head."

“I always say that the best part of painting a commissioned portrait is the friendships it generates. It's also the satisfaction of bringing a memory to life. Each to some degree tells a story. It might be a favored hunting area, or like the watercolor on the right, a dog’s success, and owner’s nervous first hunt test. Some want to remember a canine family member that's left them. I learned to draw by getting faces to look exactly the way they should. But it is more essential to capture the personality, because each one - human or animal - is different. It must come to life in a way that not only brings back the memory, but is a treasure - that like the memory - never depreciates.”

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about the artist

Chris Chantland

Working in acrylic, graphite, oil and watercolor, Chris Chantland specializes in commissioned portraits, original paintings and prints, capturing the personalities and souls of sporting dogs, horses and their owners. Chris is a Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and is the official artist of the Master National Retriever Club. He also painted several national champion portraits for the National Retriever Club and the National Amateur Retriever Club.

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Current Work in Progress