This is a double portrait of my son holding our then-puppy. I am not satisfied with the way the portrait of my son came out; so I decided that it is not my son after all, but a fictitious person named Max Montana! In the title, I spelled our dog’s name phonetically, just for fun. The characters are reclining on a couch, covered with a black floral bedspread that I have always liked. I also like the shape of the pillow next to the young man’s head: It reminds me of a steep mountain top. Since the word for mountain in Spanish is “montaña”, I decided to add the word “Montana” to the title.
I was drawn to this image one evening, because of the high contrast between the very light areas of the scene and the extremely dark areas. I especially loved the way the dog’s dangling white paws appeared against the darkest area of the design. But what I loved most was the endearing way the dog and human interacted: They seem so relaxed and content together. (Painted 2012)