The Secret Lives of Dogs


Illustrator Becky Denny tells unique stories with her pet portraiture.

“We all have these secret lives with our pets, and often don’t realize how we see our pets until someone else shows us.”

“We all have these secret lives with our pets, and often don’t realize how we see our pets until someone else shows us.”

That is Becky Denny’s job these days. A longtime art director and print production manager (she worked with husband Tim Denny at the ad agency Davis Denny), she created illustrations for corporate clients, which ultimately led to corporate commissions, and later private commissions for portraiture. Along with her illustration work, Denny began a long-term collection of old paper and ephemera, items she began using in her artwork.

“The process is forensic. Essentially I spend a lot of time asking questions and interviewing people for details of their story. That works back into the piece that becomes evocative of their life,” she says.

Just last year she started doing pet portraits. “They are always a surprise and I think people prefer that. I sometimes get specific requests, but mostly I work from bios about these pets. I like an assignment and the detective work that comes with the work. It is always an epiphany.”

Denny says she has finished about 50 pet portraits including works featuring her beloved bulldog, Lou..

One Response to “The Secret Lives of Dogs”

  1. Galatea says:

    How creative ❣️
    ~Love these ~

    I see Clara

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