Let’s face it: many of us love our dogs almost as much as our kids. So it makes perfect sense to memorialize a beloved gun dog. A great work of art is more than a mere facsimile of the real thing.

A quality drawing, sculpture or painting can unleash the spirit and essence of an animal in a way that photographs can’t. I think that’s because art is created by human hands through careful labor, and therefore conveys homage.

Whatever the reason, here are four terrific artists you should know.

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