Loulou Clayton, a Kennett Square artist, is honoring K-9 Yoda by painting his portrait after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection dog played a major role in capturing escaped convict Danelo Cavalcante, writes Nikki DeMentri for CBS News Philadelphia.
Clayton’s studio is in the neighborhood bordering Longwood Gardens which was recently the epicenter of the search for Cavalcante.
“It’s still all in my mind because I’m painting Yoda,” said the artist, whose specialty is beloved furry friends.
She added that once she learned about the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois’ role in helping to end the two-week nightmare, it was natural that she was going to paint the animal.
According to officials, after tactical units moved in, Yoda bit Cavalcante and prevented him from escaping.
Clayton is currently working on two Yoda portraits. One she plans to gift to Yoda’s U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Unit and the other will be presented to the two children of Cavalcante’s victim, Deborah Brandao.
“I think the portrait represents the hope that we can all figure stuff out when it gets pretty whacked out,” she said.
Read more about Loulou Clayton’s portraits of Yoda at CBS News Philadelphia.