‘… I’ve been meaning to write to you anyway to say that my older dog Tasha is getting pretty old.
She’s blind, deaf, senile. She has a good appetite and so far her hips are holding out. But the reason I was going to write to you was to say that now that she’s no longer the dog I knew, having the painting of her that you did of a couple years ago reminds me of the way she was.
People might say that photos can do the same thing, but I think your painting really captured the essence of her that a photo doesn’t.’