A complete change. I decided to paint a portrait of my dog, Daisy. I took some photos of her to capture the pose I wanted but it was so useful to have her around to call upon as a live model when I needed to refer to her. Daisy is a Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz, Andalucian wine cellar ratter. In the 18th Century, when the taste for sherry reached Britain, British wine merchants brought over to southern Spain small white terriers, descendants of the English Fox Terrier, to keep down the rats in the vast bodegas in western Andalucia. These were mixed with similar local dogs to produce the Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz which is now recognised as a native Spanish breed. The Bodeguero is a lot taller and more agile than the similar Jack Russell as it needed to be able to scamper over and around the huge wine barrells. It is also mostly white so it could be seen in the dark, unlit bodegas, although it should have a black and tan mask covering eyes and ears. They were kept in the wine cellars at night but would accompany the farmers out hunting during the day. They are a tireless and very active breed. Fortunately, in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata where we live, we are surrounded by mountains, cliffs and beaches so she gets plenty of exercise.
The medium is acrylic on canvas.
The image size is 400mm x 300mm.
The original painting is not for sale.
PRINTS. Superb quality, limited edition (1-100) signed prints on Canson Infinity Arches Aquarelle paper, 310gm, are available for 35 euros and can be purchased direct from me.
If you click on the image it will enlarge.
All enquiries: mmerry44@ymail.com


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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1 Response to Daisy

  1. What a lovely dog, and great painting.

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