Sunday, 19 September 2021

Top Dog winners presented with portraits

THE prize-winners in the Henley?s Top Dog 2015 competition have been presented with portraits of their pets.

THE prize-winners in the Henley?s Top Dog 2015 competition have been presented with portraits of their pets.

They collected the oil paintings from artist Clive Hemsley at his home in Hart Street, Henley.

Mr Hemsley created the images from photographs of the animals submitted with their entries.

The overall winner was Blue, a 12-year-old German pointer owned by Jo and Barney Wise, from Swyncombe. She was depicted wearing a crown of flowers while striking a regal pose.

Mr Hemsley also painted the six runners-up: Laszlo, a Hungarian vizsla belonging to Rob Teasdale, of King James Way, Henley; Dodger, a bulldog belonging to Billy and Danii Russell-Woods, of Peppard Road, Sonning Common; Baloo, a rescued cross-breed belonging to Rachel Cope, also of Peppard Road, Sonning Common; Bruno, a golden retriever belonging to Richard Owen, from Lower Shiplake; Gwen, a rescued French bulldog belonging to 11-year-old Lauren Perks, of Gainsborough Road, Henley; and Morton, a deerhound belonging to India Bryant, of Henley Road, Marlow.

Mr Hemsley, who owns two 11-year-old labradors named Kipling and Humphrey, has been painting dogs for several years and has now completed more than 180 portraits. Last year he gave away about 90 in a Henley Standard promotion. He said: ?It?s all about capturing the eyes ? that?s how owners recognise their dogs and it?s what makes a portrait such a good likeness.

?I offered to paint a larger canvas for Morton because the owner said it was going to be a big wall feature.

?It has been a real pleasure doing this for the people of Henley.?

The annual competition is organised by the Henley Standard and dog grooming parlour Naughty Mutt Nice in Reading Road, Henley, whose owner Aspen Weatherburn attended the presentations on Friday. This year?s contest was run in partnership with Henley in Bloom.

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