Top dogs have their days

Pia Sweeting with Chester. Picture: Jon Hewson
Pia Sweeting with Chester. Picture: Jon Hewson

The Kardinya artist loves dogs so much she surrounds herself with them, working as a professional dog walker and owning two dogs of her own.

This love has spilled over into her art and she will hold an exhibition dedicated to her four-legged friends at Memorial Hall Gallery in Hamilton Hill this month.

Though she loved drawing and doodling as a child, Sweeting said it was not until she was 26 that she decided to do a Diploma in Art and Design with a major in ceramics.

Sweeting said she loved bringing together her two loves for the exhibition.

�I love dogs… dogs to me represent unconditional love, loyalty, joy, living in the moment, forgiveness, intuition, spirit, adaptability and freedom,� she said.

�Some of the dogs in my paintings and ceramics come from images I have found in books and on the net, others are from the dogs I walk and the pets of family and friends.�

With up to 40 pieces on show in the exhibition, Sweeting hopes local art and animal lovers take to the stylistic-realism that runs through her work.

�I often use colours that are not true to life,� she said.

�I love using bright bold and often contrasting colours in my paintings and my ceramic sculptures.

�If you love dogs, come and celebrate their uniqueness and diversity in colour and love.�

Dogs Are Gods will be at the Memorial Hall Gallery in Hamilton Hill from August 29 until September 5.