Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Kevin Roeckl knows the breed well. And he has made capturing Dobermans as they are – their elegance as well as the softer side shared with close friends – a big part of his life’s work. An artist for more than 30 years, Roeckl has a talent for capturing real moments in time, and the character of his subjects, on “canvas” in a way that is so realistic they are often mistaken for photographs.
Q: What is it about Dobermans that inspires you to paint them?
A: Their poetic beauty and that near-human mind that makes them such fun to be around. Dobermans provide never-ending poses and expressions that are graceful, fascinating, or just plain cute.
Q: How and when did you start featuring Dobermans in your work?
A: In 1990, when my beloved Jake was 7 years old, I was injured in a violent crime. Jake saved my life. For the next year, while I was caught in the nightmare of the medical and legal system, there was retaliation from the "defendants." Twice more Jake stood by me and protected me from harm. Through it all, when everything around me seemed like treacherous quicksand, my courageous, devoted Doberman was a solid rock who never failed me. When I was finally able to work again, all I wanted to paint was Jake. I had such admiration for him, he was the most beautiful thing in the whole universe.
Q: What Doberman piece are you most proud of? Why?
A: My "Self Portrait with Jake", one of the first things I painted after the year of trauma. At that time it felt like me and Jake alone against the world, and the portrait captured that, the way we were connected at the heart. I was proud that I captured his dignity and nobility --- that head study of Jake is "Aristocrat", one of the prints I'm offering.
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: A portrait of a Doberman who was recently lost to cancer. Throughout my career I've painted more Memorial portraits - of both humans and dogs - than of living beings. This may sound strange, but I found that I have a gift for connecting with the spirit of the subject when I paint their portrait, and capturing their essence in a way you can't get from a photograph. That is the beauty of Fine Art, the emotion the artist puts into the work.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
At its National Specialty in Topeka this year, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America will preview a new film that is sure to be a treat for dog lovers everywhere.
War Dogs of the Pacific covers the exploits of the courageous canines that served in the Marine war dog platoon during World War II. Check out the new film site to be among the first to get a sneak peek at the documentary, learn more about the war dog handlers featured in the film and check out the director's bio.
Also learn more about the fearless Dobermans spotlighted as part of this film at the Centennial Website.
We'll post more content and information about the film here as soon as it is available.