June Cawood contacted me to do a head study of her beloved Lab, Pilgrim, a triple Master Hunter. She sent me a number of photos. There was one of June and her husband Stephen with Pilgrim. When I saw it I said, "THAT'S the portrait". Look at the close-up detail (click the magnifying glass) to see why.
June and Stephen were high-school sweethearts, they have been married for many years. They own a kennel and breed hunting Labs. June trained Pilgrim herself to the high honor of triple Master Hunter. June and Stephen are "just regular country people". What I saw in this portrait was who they really are and what they mean to eachother....and what Pilgrim meant to both of them.