Michel Keck Employes an Uncommon Mix in Dog Collage

The artist melds different styles and materials to create her canine portraits.

Liz Acosta  |  Dec 19th 2012


A self-taught artist, Michel Keck lets rawness guide her life. After switching to a raw food diet reversed serious medical conditions the Midwest native experienced, Keck became “the Raw Artist,” and her drive for the organic and the unprocessed clearly conveys in her striking dog collages. Using found textures, Keck merges realistic representations of dogs with fantastic colors, shapes, and patterns. The result is a piece that can hang on your wall and bring life and vibrancy to any room it inhabits.

Keck is a self-taught artist who arrived at her style on her own. That might be what gives it unconventional flair. She works in a variety of media with a variety of subjects, but, as you can imagine, we are most drawn to her dog portraits.

We really love this portrait of a Golden Retriever, which incorporates some cut-out rubber duckies! The rubber duckies make us think of bathtub and fun, which is totally appropriate, because if there’s one thing Retrievers love, it’s water and playing!

We also like the German Shepherd. The patterned textures used to create the dog’s face suggest utilization and work, which is exactly what we think of when we consider the German Shepherd’s famous vocation: police dog.

And what’s awesome about this portrait of Stoney the American Greyhound? Portions of the proceeds go to a Greyhound organization that helps retired race hounds find homes.

Want to see more of Keck’s art? Check out her website here.

Images via Keck Contemporary Art

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