By Ligaya Figueras
Dogs, cats, chickens, cows, horses, sheep. Hans Droog has
painted them all. Animal portraiture has been a part of
the Dutch nativeís repertoire ever since he specialized in
model studies in portraiture at the Academy Minerva, School of
Fine Art and Design in Groningen, Holland. He spent the last
two years of his formal art education studying animals, visiting zoos
to examine crocodiles, alligators, elephants and other caged
wildlife. Some 30 years later, the oil painterís ability to capture the
subtleties of skin, faces and hair with meticulous detail continues
to be a defining characteristic of his animal paintings and one of
the main reasons why he has drawn the attention of collectors and
notable clients including Anheuser-Busch, Ralston Purina, Deere
& Company and the St. Louis Zoological Park. How did Droog
find himself in the company of a premiere clientele?
Droog emigrated to...