A Window On Bentley's Backyard
Oil on linen, 18"x24"
Private Collection

An Unexpected Focal Point

This beautiful backyard resides in Richmond, VA. I was drawn to the shapes of the stairs and the house which gave me the feel of the backyard living so prevalent in the city. As I painted, I was joined by a small dog, Dudley (not the dog in the painting), who fell asleep at my feet as I worked. Bentley, the dog in the painting, then joined us to keep an eye on his buddy. It was a nice surprise, as he became the resting place for the viewers eyes after moving through the painting. This painting was awarded Best In Show at the 2017 Richmond Plein Air Festival.


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(c) Patrick Saunders Fine Arts