Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2017

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22 Summer 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Dick Larsen S His artistry has happily gone to the dogs T hey're ingrained in the American psyche at an early age, images born of a wide-eyed affection and nurtured by Snoopy's carrying-on in "A Charlie Brown Christmas," or Blue of "Blue's Clues" or the faithful Gromit of "Wallace & Gromit" or the antics of Astro in "e Jetsons." Lovable all. Is it any wonder that artist Dirk Larsen, whose specialty is portraits of canines (and an occasional feline), is, well, busy. "I seem never to be without a commission," said Larsen, who long ago was a top dog in the advertising agency world. Larsen, as might be expected, is a dog lover. His current companion is a border collie named Raja, who once lodged with an Asian-Indian household, hence the name. "He owns the house," Larsen said. row a ball, he said, and Raja can't be bothered with a retriever mindset. Not a problem. "As individuals, they're incredible," he said. A peek into Larsen's studio is a chance PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RENDE In a moment reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell pose, artist Dick Larsen kneels in front of some of his creations. "He did the same thing," Larsen said of the image. He quoted the famed Saturday Evening Post illustrator when he was asked, "Which is your favorite, Norman?" "My next one" was his response. As shown here and on the next page, there's no mistaking the genre inside Larsen's Wake Forest studio. Portrait of an artist

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