Jack Russell Terriers
Original Painting Medium: Pastel
Jack Russell Terriers is one of my first pastel pet-portraits: and one of my earlier commissions. In my new venture as a Wildlife and Pet Portrait artist, these little Jack Russell’s have attracted lots of attention helping me gain many commissions. Through these little Jack Russell’s I have also met many friendly pet owners and lovely pets.
The history of terrier-like dogs dates back to ancient times. Pliny the Elder, in his Natural History, wrote that when the Romans invaded Britain in 55 B.C, they were surprised to find small dogs that followed their prey into its den or lair. Similarly, Marco Polo reported that of all the hunting dogs of the Great Khan, the most prized were the little terriers.
The first true terrier was described in 1570 by the English physician John Calus of Cambridge. From that time on canine history has been filled with stories of the terrier: its deeds, magnificent temperament, and the beautiful varieties that have proliferated throughout the world.