Clair Hartmann loves dogs. You understand that within seconds of visiting her Etsy shop and her website. Her dog portraits are immediate, up close and colorful, full of character and personality.
So why did I choose this work: "Beach Dog"?
I chose it in the total conviction that she captures a little dog's soul. See how alertly, yet easily he rests on the shore and gazes out to forever. He doesn't know there's another land far away, but he's fine with that. He just trusts in the moment, as dogs do, and we don't do enough. I felt as though I had done a short but satisfying Zen meditation after looking upon this work for a few moments.