Oil painting on canvas by Grant McSherry. 1400 mm x 927 mm.
About the oil painting
‘The boys’ is my second oil painting about Newfoundland dogs. I enjoyed creating the first of my Newfoundland paintings ‘Someone to watch over me’ and was keen to produce a second, this time less about the landscape and more about the dogs. In fact, while representing the Newfoundland dog breed “The boys’ is unashamedly a portrait of our two Newfies Henry & Enzo.
About Newfoundland dogs
Often referred to as gentle giants, Newfoundland dogs are renowned for their prowess in water and are still involved in water rescue work in some parts of the world. The breed often displays a natural tendency to pull people from the water and Newfies will even tow a small boat back to shore to ‘save’ the occupant. The Newfoundland dog has huge webbed feet and a big soft coat that gives buoyancy and warmth in cold water. When swimming, Newfoundlands use their great tales as rudders. The breed originates from Newfoundland, Canada, where the massive dogs were originally employed for bringing in the fishing nets and then hauling the catch to town in carts. Newfoundland dogs are very powerful draft animals.
White and black Newfoundlands were named after the famous British artist Sir Edwin Landseer, who popularised the breed through his paintings that celebrated Newfoundlands as water rescue dogs, so there is a well established link between art and my favourite breed of dog.
To find out
more about Newfoundland dogs, or if you are a Newfy fan like us you
may want to visit the Newfy
section on our website, which includes a blog that has been
running ever since our black Newf ‘Henry’ was just five
oil on canvas