Clayton artist Laurel Cook and her husband, Ross McLaughlin, own and run Culandubh Kennel, as well as breed Labrador retrievers. (Both are also talented dog trainers; Laurel does puppy obedience training. Here’s a picture of Lab puppies going through training. I mean, really, how adorable is that? )
When Laurel retired from the military in 2003, she was able to pursue her art more avidly. Although primarily self-taught, she has taken several courses, and feels that one instructor gave her a valuable piece of advice: Paint Your Passion. And she’s passionate about Labs!
Laurel has been painting with acrylics for the past 20 years and has been specializing in pet portraits for the past six years. She says her experience with so many animals in the kennel has given her a real insight into capturing the individuality of each animal. No kidding!
Now this is an artist with a difference! Not only can she do character portraits of dogs (and they really are characters) but she also loves using different media, everything from paddles to milk cans. In partnership with woodworking artist Bruce Gilchrist, she creates unique pet portraits using intarsia, a wood inlay technique: the results are stunning!
Laurel does more traditional pet portraits too, like this gorgeous fellow having a nap or the other beautiful Lab portrait below.
Laurel will be donating one of her prints to Homes with Woofs. For more information, or to commission one of Laurel’s portraits, check out the website for Culandubh Kennel (and don’t forget, you can also board your pup at the kennel or sign up for some training!) Thanks, Laurel!