Whippets, Weimaraners, and all dogs: Interview with artist Justine Osborne
'How to Live with a Neurotic Dog' by Stephen Barker 1960 this is hilarious, and a brilliant read for all those little hound idiosyncrasies we all deal with!
Alas, having only 24 hours in a day is a challenge for most of us, artists astound me with how they fit in their creative work, Justine said, "I have a studio in my garden (photo at the end of this interview), so Morris, my Basset, and I will go out there in the morning with a cup of tea. If it is a painting day, then a good eight hours straight, but these days liaising with galleries, packing up orders, making work for exhibitions takes a lot of time, which means I have to be super organized! The best days are when I really can get lost in a painting or drawing. I always work standing up, so a lot of pacing backwards and forwards to view the work in progress."
Justine has a line of super ceramic pieces to compliment her paintings, "Victoria Armstrong from the Dogs In Art gallery, a specialist dog related gallery here in the UK approached me with the ceramics idea she had featuring my charcoal drawings. I saw some samples and was really taken with reproducing what is generally a delicate charcoal drawing onto pottery, the surface becomes smooth and glossy, very unlike the original paper drawn on, intriguing. They now are in shops in the UK, and a wonderful way to reach more dog owners who might not have known about my work before."
Some of Justine's paintings are available as prints, let's let her explain, "Some of the exhibition paintings are now Limited Edition Prints, and I also have a Sketch Print range, featuring the drawings. Originals tend to go to galleries, but I try and sneak them on to my website when I can."
The question nagging me is to ask if Justine undertakes commission work, "I love working with owners and their dogs and take commissions from all over the world. Essentially just from an emailed photo, I love hearing a little about the dog too. Owners photos are brilliant for candid, opportune photos which really show the dogs trust in their owner, and often show special moments, that are impossible to stage."
To see more of Justine's artwork: "The best way to hear about latest work and products is on my Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/paintmydog.co.uk" and contact her via