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John Weiss - Does it Get Any Better? -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          Does it Get Any Better?
by John Weiss

$395.00

LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
Limited Edition of: 100
Image Size: 20"w x 15"h.
Published: August 2009







Is someone being taught to “fetch?” or, is someone being taught to “throw?” If you think about it, everything we understand about training is in play. A behavior not genetically inherent to our survival is being impressed upon us through the will of another. We receive positive reinforcement for engaging in the behavior which encourages us to repeat it again and again. Even if we initiate the behavior, we generally do not stop until the canine has decided the behavior is complete. Heck, we’ll even fight over the stick just to get the chance to throw it again!

If the reward is a lifetime of loyalty and companionship, then this submission to another’s will is a glorious one. John Weiss has no equal when it comes to capturing this bond between man and dog. From capturing the mischievous gleam in a puppy’s eye to the long walks in the woods with your companion at your side, Weiss’ art constantly reminds us, "Does It Get any Better?" 


John Weiss
“My career is a love affair,” says John Weiss. “The love of God and the talent He’s given me, the love of life, the love of my subject matter. And the love of sharing all of these gifts with others through paintings and the stories they tell.” Weiss developed his appreciation for man’s best friend during his childhood in Akron, Ohio. “I’ve always loved dogs,” John says. “When I was a little boy my aunt Marian bought me a National Geographic book on dogs and I dove into it.” His father was a draftsman to whom John credits his disciplined approach to art. He drew throughout his childhood and developed his skill in high school art classes. On a trip to Maine, he saw an exhibit of Andrew Wyeth’s work, which inspired him to pursue art while attending Kent State University. After college, Weiss went into the landscape business. With the support of his wife, Tammy, he began painting full time. “I’m essentially self-taught,” he says, “having studied the work of artists I admire and learn from their methods and techniques. Experience is the best teacher.” John has painted some of the most important dogs of our time, having the joy and privilege of meeting and making many four-legged friends worldwide, and his avid and loyal collectors include many prominent families. John was commissioned by Lady Barlow to paint a portrait of a dog that was subsequently presented to Queen Elizabeth. Other notable collectors include as Jane Firestone, and John’s sketch of her German Shepard, Hatter, (the winningest dog in show dog history), is part of the AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis’ permanent collection. Weiss is recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Cover of the Year award from the National Dog Writers Association, U.S. Art magazine’s Artist to Watch as well as the top print of the year honors. John’s artwork is reproduced as calendars, mugs, notepads, Christmas cards and notecards. “I paint for the love of dogs the many emotions they share. Some paintings are deeper emotional metaphors than other, but my hope is that they each capture the joy and encouragement of their faithful subjects. I’m truly blessed to be able to paint every day, and am thrilled to share my enjoyment with others through my work.”

 

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