So over the myriad of centuries since the time when man reached human status, the dog has served him. The present finds our canines in many variations of their early roles while adding to their repertoire with new tasks. We find here a canine law-dog with his patrolman companion, and we see the dog in one of his most appealing roles as a guide for the blind, providing new independence and dignity for the sightless.
Pictured are the dog as a child’s friend and protector, and as the companion and confidence of the lonely aged. At the top extreme right, is a modern hunter indulging in a day of healthful sport with his fine pointers, and behind him, recognizing kinship, stands the ghost of all the archaic hunters of the past.
The focus of the entire mural is the large figure of the veterinarian surrounded by some of the instruments of his dedicated occupation and a representative group of the creatures, other than canine, which he treats and cares for. Here is the epitome of the coalition of man and dog as the veterinarian utilizes all the elements of modern scientific medicine for the health and welfare of our canine friends.
Symbolic units are utilized in a decorative pattern throughout the mural to become a pertinent part of the design: the skull of Neanderthal man, the pedigree device, and diagrammatic symbols of matched chromosomes, mitosis (cell separation), the DNA spiral, the genetic symbols for male and female, and a fertile canine egg.
Cast shadows that would freeze the figures in a specific time sphere have not yet been employed. Pictorial chiaroscuro is instead achieved through the visual advancing and retreating properties of pure color pigment. The same in-depth color characteristics have been utilized to bring overall balance to the mural.
Compositional lines form a pictorial script, an animated arabesque that joins volumes and shapes to present a coherent stylistic pattern. The mural tells a visual story and it was therefore necessary to use a traditional and academic approach, but to hold the entire composition together the artist has indulged in an abstract and compositional design.
From the climatic figure of the veterinarian there radiates fingers of light and line that touch each area of the painting binding the component parts and the theme to each other and to the dominating shape of the veterinarian.