Chesapeake Bay Retriever in a desert landscape. I never met Toby or the clients, a couple in Colorado, so all communication happened by phone (no email at the time) and the clients sent me photos to work from. They loved to camp and so did Toby, so they wanted him in their favorite camping area, the southwest desert. In the painting the desert is something I made up. I don't think there are saguaro in Utah, but there are bluebirds and rivers. When I sent them a photo of the painting in progress they asked that I thicken Toby's legs, which I did, but I never got a photo of Toby with the more retriever-like legs, so he's still a skinny legged dude here.