Through classification humans attempt to make order from nature, none more so than with dogs:
Animal: Mammal - Carnivora - Canidae (Dog Like Mammals) - Canini (related to wolves).
Dogs: Terriers, Hounds, Working, Toy, Sporting, Utility, Pastoral.
Terriers: Jack Russell, Yorkshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, West Highland… the list goes on!
This painting of a Tibetan Mastiff is from the series ABCDogs, where I painted one breed of dog for each letter of the alphabet, as a way to choose and categorise which dogs to paint. The background colour is an alliteration of the breed name, adding a sense of poetry and fun to the painting and title.