Paintings done by a dog called Sam are selling for up to £1,045 in Maryland, USA. Using the lush surroundings of his home town of Eastern Shore, Maryland as his muse, Sam’s paintings are attracting a loyal art world following.
Some of his 22 paintings – done using a tailor-made paintbrush held in his mouth – have sold for up to $1700 (£1,045). “Sam is a regular renaissance dog and his abstract paintings are all the rage with the hip New York galleries,” says Mary Stadelbacher, Sam’s owner.”He loves his painting and would happily carry on for hours if I left him to it.
“He loves to work in a variety of colours and layers his paintings with darker shades first and then moves on to lighter ones later.”Mary, who runs Shore Service Dogs, in the United States took in six-year-old Sam four years ago as a rescue dog.”He had been bounced around a couple of dog pounds, so I couldn’t have that,” says Mary about Sam, who is a bloodhound, sheep-dog cross.