Pet and Person Portraits by John Langeveld
John Langeveld is a Calgary-based artist who specializes in portraiture. The artist’s current portfolio features both pet and person portraits, both black and white sketches and polished, full-colour paintings.
I like the consistency of style in which John renders his subjects. The artist specializes in portraits of young children, and the slightly softened, rough-edged approach that he takes seems fitting to capture the temporal, fast-moving nature of early childhood. I like the way that John focuses his attention on his subjects’ expressions, giving the viewer an impression of the personality behind the face, foremost.
John also produces pet portraits, using colour applied with light texturing to bring a realistic sense of life and movement to family dogs and other animals. Looking at these pet portraits one gets a sense of the mutual love between the pets and their owners.