Schultz has been painting for about a year – following in his sister Kaiserin’s footsteps! This is his largest painting ever.
Schultz is a 4-year old long coat german shepherd. In 2017, when he was just 6 months old, his sister Kaiserin (also a long coat german shepherd) developed a lump on her rear leg that turned out to be cancerous. She had surgeries and radiation to try to save her leg but it had to be amputated in August 2018.
Although Schultz was such a young puppy through all of this, he seemed to understand she needed special care and always lay quietly next to her after surgeries and played with her very gently. He clearly had great love for his older sister. Kaiserin knew a lot of tricks and one of them was painting. In January 2020, we decided to start selling her paintings to raise money for the Tripawds Foundation. She got a lot of attention as a 3-legged dog artist and we sold almost 100 of her paintings before the cancer spread to her lungs and she passed in October 2020.
As she worked on painting, Schultz always stood quietly on the sidelines. He stood next to her and watched her paint (probably hoping to get a treat). Sometimes he tried to grab the brush. One day, just coincidentally a couple of weeks before Kaiserin passed, I decided to see if Schultz would hold the brush. Well, not only did he hold the brush, he lunged towards the canvas with it. It seems he had been watching Kaiserin and was imitating her behaviour. So he was never really “taught” to paint, per say, he just leant by copying an expert. This left him in a perfect position to take over Kaiserin’s Etsy shop and begin selling his work in her memory – and raising money for Tripawds of course!
His “Flickering Flames” piece is 20 by 20 inches on canvas and is the largest piece of art Schultz has ever worked on – as well as the largest piece in the auction!
20″ x 20″
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And “Art4TripawdKaiserin” on Etsy