"Tattooed Dog"
by Sally Robinson

About the Artist

For the first twenty years of her creative life, Sally Robinson produced screenprints depicting the life and landscapes of Australia and Antarctica. She then returned to her first love, painting, with portrait, landscape and abstract subjects, using stencils to create a dynamic, pixelated surface texture. Sally's studio and gallery are in the bottom of the historic Astor building in Sydney.

About the artwork

Sally Robinson's art dog

I usually paint portraits and abstract paintings, so helping to raise funds for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT by decorating a Guide Dogs coin collection dog was an exciting challenge and a cause I willingly support. Since this project also celebrates the Chinese Year of the Dog, I decided to decorate my dog with images that link Chinese and Australian cultures. The art of tattooing has existed in most cultures for many thousands of years and is currently immensely popular around the world. Tattoos can play a part in ritual and tradition; they can represent identity and cultural values; or they can be merely decorative. My dog has a bit of attitude but he is essentially friendly, faithful and responsible. The imagery and words I have chosen for the tattoos are from eastern and western traditions. Primarily the designs are Asian including koi, devils, dragons and waterlilies but I have also included western elements such as anchors, roses, skulls and bones.