I paint a lot of memorial portraits. It is just part of the world of pet portraiture. People who have had that really special relationship with a pet often want a custom portrait as a remembrance. I know I have done that for myself. My two guys are hanging in my dining room, and I see them everyday.
Which brings me to my point about Ellie here. Ellie was a border collie, and a beautiful girl. My Buddy was part Border Collie, part Great Pyrenees, but looked more like a very large Border Collie. I was thinking about Buddy a lot while painting Ellie. Sometimes some things just bring back memories. And while losing a friend is inherently sad as can be, it's good to think back on the good times together. Life is often a mix of the bitter and the sweet.
In any event, I sincerely hope that Ellie will bring some peace and good remembrance to her people.
Enjoy the painting, cherish your friends, stay safe, and thanks.