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THE DOGS

Dogs have featured in my work for over 30 years – just as they have in my private life. The type of dog used now in my work is a whippet crossed with an Italian greyhound.

I have had this breed of dog since 1983 and they are the most perfect companions and models – Elsie, Pedro, Luigi and Storm are the 4 I have now. They are a pack and they are with me twenty-four hours a day. We run, work and sleep together – although they do have their own beds now!

Living cheek-by-jowl with these dogs means that their form is so ingrained in me that I can draw or sculpt them entirely from memory.

The relationship between the Lady Hare and the dog is very close, as is my bond with my own family of dogs.