Yes! Carson Fox, associate professor of art and art history, comments on the phenomenon in "Newsday."

Newsday Proprietary Dagger the Dog

Three-year-old black Labrador-golden retriever Dagger uses his nose to pick out a paint color as his human mom, artist Yvonne Dagger, prepares to have him put paint to canvas using a specially fashioned brush that he holds in his mouth. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

A dog who can paint? According to a recent story in Newsday (“Dagger, the Canine Painter, Creates his Own Kind of Art,” March 18, 2016), there is one on Long Island—Dagger II, a black Lab-golden retriever mix.

Dagger’s owner, Yvonne Dagger, a fine artist with a specialization in pet portraiture, discovered his gift. Videos released by Newsday depict Dagger at work. 

Carson Fox, a New York-based visual artist who is an associate professor of art and art history at Adelphi University, was invited to comment on Dagger’s talent.

Dagger’s work “brings to mind the styles of abstract expressionists Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell,” Fox said.

Read the full story in Newsday and catch a video of Dagger in action.


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