Yuki: Snow, Happiness, Courage and Hope

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A few months ago, Craig and Karen Nagareda commissioned me to paint a portrait of their sweet, beautiful dog, Yuki.

I thought Yuki’s name was beautiful, and before I went to meet her,  I Googled her name to find it’s meaning. Turns out, Yuki is aptly named. I believe she embodies all of these characteristics:

Yuki means “snow” in Japanese. However, when used as a girl’s name, it is more commonly written with different characters. For example, the character meaning “happiness” can also be pronounced Yuki; or it could be written with a combination of a YU meaning gentle, and KI meaning hope. (The boy’s name, with a long U, means “courage”.)

(Source: BabyNameWizard.com)

Every step of the way, folks who came into the studio fell in love with Yuki. And when folks returned, they always checked on her progress. The journey of her painting was almost as popular as Yuki is in real life. (The Nagareda’s once took Yuki to Yosemite, and they were flooded with photo requests from tourists.)

I delivered the finished painting to Hollister, CA last Friday. I think Yuki is pleased 🙂

Yuki Nagareda with her portrait. Oil on canvas 30" x40"
Yuki Nagareda with her portrait. Oil on canvas 30″ x40″
Yuki and Shannon with Yuki Portrait
Yuki and Shannon with Yuki Portrait


Thanks Karen and Craig for a beautiful painting experience!


Yuki, Oil on Canvas , 30" x 40"
Yuki, Oil on Canvas , 30″ x 40″


PS~ I love co-creating with you! If you’d like a painting commissioned, I’d love to hear from you. Here’s a bit of info on the process:  https://shannongrissom.info/get-an-original-commission-shannon/

2 Responses

  1. Phyllis McAdams

    Very nice painting of Yuki, I’m sure the owners are thrilled. Good job Shannon.