In our last blog, we introduced you to Jane Headford – our Dog on the Tyne artist, and with The Great North Snowdogs Trail starting in just over two weeks’ time (19th September), DonTy is complete!

Over the last couple of months, Jane has had a lot of one on one time with DonTy and has thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it:

“Bringing DonTy to life has been a wonderful experience. He’s quite quickly become a massive character, and was very much the art studio guard dog while being created.

“He’s been a lovely addition and loyal companion during his time in the studio and we’re sure he’ll be at home among the Snowdogs pack.”

2016 has seen Jane embark on some fascinating projects, including ‘150 years of Beatrix Potter’ and the Beatles exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, but her work with DonTy has really stood out due to the personal connection.

“This year I was involved in the painting and design for Alan Ayckbourn’s new Peter Rabbit musical, celebrating 150 years of Beatrix Potter, along with the opening of the Beatles exhibition in the V & A in London, where I created all of the installations. I had a lot of fun working on these, but when I got the call about designing DonTy, I didn’t think twice.

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“My two sons were huge fans of Raymond Briggs original Snowman. We all saw the stage production with their grandparents at Birmingham Rep – which was stunning.

“The original story, beautiful illustrations and memorable haunting music captured children’s imagination worldwide, and I wanted to capture this in DonTy.”

DonTy has now been completed, proudly displaying a number of landmarks in the North East, and it’s safe to say, he’ll be sorely missed by Jane in the studio.

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“My inspiration for his design is very much a tribute to the North East and showcases a number of iconic places of interest in the region, encompassing the Angel of the North, the Tyne Bridge, Earl Grey Monument, and also gives tribute to the Great North Run with his snowy undertones.”

“DonTy’s been a lovely addition and loyal companion during his creation and we’re sure he’ll be at home among the Snowdogs pack. I really hope that everyone enjoys DonTy as much as I enjoyed designing and painting him.

“He’s now, quite literally, a done dog and ready for the trail. The trail is going to be ‘pawesome’ and will help raise vital funds for St Oswald’s.

The Great North Snowdogs’ trail will begin on the 19th of September, and our location will be revealed very soon. To stay up to date, follow us on Twitter and Instagram!