Especially made for my sweetheart Sal, I know how much you loved Sarge and I know how much you miss him. I also know that he is with you in spirit all the time, sitting beside you, protecting and guiding you.
I hope this painting will have a special place in your heart like Sarge has and will give you even more a sense of Sarge being around us.

Made with love XXX

Acrylics on panel, 16′×20′ (40×50 cm), January 2010


black, love, friend, sal, ears, dobermann, sarge


  • JRobinWhitley
    JRobinWhitleyover 4 years ago

    This is great. I hope to paint my black dog, Bear, some day.

  • Sandra Guzman
    Sandra Guzmanover 4 years ago

    I love the dramatic colors in this piece!! very strong and beautiful!

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 4 years ago

    Excellent Arie. Love the portrait style you presented him in. Very strong image.

  • saleire
    saleireover 4 years ago

    I love this with all my heart because you painted this for me and my gorgeous Sarge is back with me through this truly life-like painting of him. Thank you, my angel xx

  • ltassone
    ltassoneover 4 years ago

    Striking portrait. It has a sense of otherworldly-ness to it, like he’s watching over. Great piece.

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaover 4 years ago

    So very beautiful Arie, so sorry for your loss :( stunning portrait of Sarge :)

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 4 years ago


  • Thanks very much! Wonderful!

    – Arie van der Wijst

  • saleire
    saleireover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured! It’s just perfect!

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 4 years ago


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  • Thanks Barbara, I’m thrilled to bits!

    – Arie van der Wijst

  • Michelle Wrighton
    Michelle Wrightonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful I love how you have handled the black fur in this.

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