Having studied fine art at Norwich School of art, I became a professional artist in the early 80’s under my maiden name Louise Mizen. For more than 35 years I have continued my art career exhibiting my work and undertaking many commissions from around the world. Subject matters of my work have included landscapes, dancers, animals and my main specialism before dogs was equestrian art.
In 2009 whilst researching non-shedding dog breeds, I discovered the wonderful breed Lagotto Romagnolo. Surprisingly quickly Lola, a small orange and white bundle of fluff, joined our family. This little dog enriched all of our lives and is responsible for the redirection of my interests, my career and Lagotto taking over my life! We now have 4 living in our home. I have been breeding and showing them for over 8 years and had my first judging appointment in 2015. I became Chairman of the Lagotto Romagnolo club of Great Britain in 2016 and am very involved with organising and running events within the club. I have enjoyed regular trips abroad to show my dogs and have met some generous, knowledgeable people within the breed and made many great friends.
6 years ago, in order to understand the Lagotto coat fully and learn how to present it correctly, I completed two grooming courses for all breeds. These courses did not cover Lagotto but with the knowledge and experience gained I taught myself how to do it. I now have over 40 Lagotto that come to me regularly for grooming, some pets and some show dogs. The combination of my grooming experience, where I have hands on contact with a wide range of Lagotto, and my regular conversations with Italian experts has led to the deepening of my understanding of the construction of the breed. As a result I am currently enjoying working on a series of educational technical drawings of Lagotto that compare conformation that complies with the breed standard with common faults.
This summer, in the drawings I produced for the Lagotto fabric designs, I have attempted to depict the personality and physical characteristics that are typical of the breed. I very much hope that the resulting products will be enjoyed and appreciated by all with an interest in the breed.