Home / Checkout / Originals and Prints / Dogs / Growing Puppy

Growing Puppy


To purchase this artwork please contact Xanadu Gallery Pinetop

30 x 30 x 1.75″

Original Acrylic on Canvas


Growing Puppy

This painting looks so much like my first service dog Tarella. Chin on the ground, eyes on me, this is just how she wood lay waiting to see what I needed next. The yellow vest on this dog shows it is a teenager, ready to go to formal training on it’s way to being a service dog. Notice her eyes and the connection they make.

The deep golden colors of the dog are created by under-painting with saturated colors and glazing over with oranges, yellows and reds.  Purple and red glaze cover blue on the deck and give the dog shadows.

I now have my third service dog and have so much appreciation for all of the hours volunteers and professionals have spent making that possible. My life is so much better because I have this helper and companion in it. —Donald Ryker

Donald Ryker has been painting since his teens. He was inspired to begin painting when he discovered he could use a hard hat on his head to direct his brush. He has lived his life with cerebral palsy and was thrilled to find an outlet for his creativity and a way to communicate his love of life, and his message to people that anyone can accomplish things in life if they are creative and persistent; there is always a way to find the positive in life. Ryker's paintings reflect his joy in life, and his desire to connect. His artwork inspires others with his choice of color and ability to draw in his viewer.

As with other creative artists, being unique has led Ryker to develop his own style. He paints luminous vibrant artwork by using bold clear colors, underpainting to bring out the values, and layering glaze in his unique technique that he calls Impasto Glaze. The end result reflects light beautifully and has the quality of stained glass. The viewer will continually find new details to enjoy.