‘Portrait of a Working Springer Spaniel’

An oil painting portrait on canvas of a working Springer Spaniel dog waiting for the off during a Spaniel field trial.

Oil on canvas 16 x 20 in 40.64 x 50.8 cm

I have an affinity with working spaniels. Some years ago I was involved in field sports and used to train and field trial the English Springer Spaniels.
In my opinion there is nothing finer than a well trained sporting Springer for hunting and flushing game in the thickest of cover. The Kennel Club name of this dog was Snigglepits Smudge. Smudge (the last part of the affix), because he was a tri coloured dog and his eyebrows and around his nose, as you can see in the image, were a gingery colour.
Snigglepits the first part of the affix was the name of particular wood which I used to shoot. His pet name was Brody.
Brody was born out of a bitch I trained called Snigglepits Spinner with a pet name called Bonnie who was a Field Trial Winner.
Had I have not given up training and shooting over my dogs, Brody in my opinion would’ve made a Field Trial Champion. He was bold and stylish with boundless energy and would flush out game in the thickest of cover.
Brody, along with my other spaniels were a joy to work; each one had a different character. The pleasure I got was seeing them work, but alas if I’m honest, was never in the shooting. My pleasure now is putting them to canvas.

Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in 50.8 x 40.64 cm

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