The story behind the painting:
Bullseye, or Bull’s-eye, is perhaps one of the most iconic Bull Terriers in popular culture. The dog of the infamous criminal Bill Sikes in Charles Dickens’ 1838 classic novel Oliver Twist, he is so called because of a large dark patch over his eye.
To create this piece of Bull Terrier art, I first created the background using the pages of an actual early 20th century edition of the novel Oliver Twist. In the background you can also see two handpainted sections of a 19th century map of London, the River Thames flowing behind Bullseye himself. The upper left segment of London includes the location of Fagin’s Den at Saffron Hill, where Oliver is recaptured into a life of crime by Sikes; the lower right section contains Jacobs Island, where Sikes hangs himself to escape the guilt of murdering his lover, Nancy.