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At the 2015 National Dog Show, the Lagotto Romangnolo Niko represented this magnificent and ancient breed now officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Lagotto breed entered the AKC register in 2015 in the sporting group.
Meeting Niko and his owner, Tom Smyth, was a pinnacle of the show. I was honored that Tom commissioned me to paint his distinguished dog. Niko is incredible. One can discern Niko’s structure beneath his whorls of curls, something I took pains to capture. Niko is lovingly affectionate yet, wow, what a powerful and dignified stance. One can well imagine his fellow Lagotti as devoted truffle hunters, running through magnificent vistas of Italy (while wishing one was there, at their heels, following).
Above are some preliminary sketches, sent to Tom, as well as the finished, framed piece of art.