Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2017

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Summer 2017 23 to come face-to-face with the American love affair with dogs, long ago popularized by "Lassie Come Home," "e Adventures of Rin Tin Tin," "e Wizard of Oz" (Toto), 1989's "All Dogs Go to Heaven," and 2000's sure-to-make-you teary-eyed "My Dog Skip." It's all about making that connection. "I try to get each to talk to you," Larsen said of his work. "I try to get into each one's personality. ey talk with their eyes." Larsen's wasn't always a dog's world. In another era, he was an advertising ex- ecutive, one responsible for the landmark television campaign with the now famous Mr. Turtle and Mr. Owl wondering, "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?" and then a somewhat less familiar "No. 1 to the Sun" for the now defunct Eastern Airlines. "It's over," he said of that chapter in his life. Even in his artist career, there have been left-behinds. "I use to paint landscapes and still lives," he said. Yet, he "settled down" and pursued a specialty, an aptitude he said is typically embraced by the masters. "ey don't try to be in every genre." He, too, no longer paints sunglass-wear- ing young ladies, portraits of whom can be found at Eyewear by Andres just steps from his studio in e Cotton Company in Wake Forest. "is is what I use to do, all these," he said of the glamorous images. ese days, his Wake Forest studio car- ries the novelties of the trade, from a familiar baseball cap reading "IN DOG YEARS, I'M DEAD" and the elbow-in-the-ribs sign read- ing "IN DOG BEERS, I'VE ONLY HAD ONE." But beyond the hints of humor, it's all about man's (and woman's) best friend. Con- sider the large 30-by-60-inch creation he painted for a woman in Connecticut. "She had seven Rottweilers (throughout her life)," he said. Or the six-panel painting that por- trayed a dog maturing from puppy to adult. But there are limits. "I don't work that small anymore," Larsen said. "It's more work." Don't let all the canines fool you, however. Occasionally, a feline can be spotted, such as a portrait of "the boss" he displayed in the middle of a collection of his canine creations. He has even produced a half-dozen or so portraits of cats' napping atop shelves of books, whose bindings can be customized to a client's liking. e titles are not to be missed: "Holy Cats," "Field Trip to the Garbage Can," "How to Smell a Rat," and – taking a clue from an Academy Award-winning film from 1999 — "Cat House Rules." n More artwork on the next page.

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