Beginnings: AlveridgeaBeginnings: It all began when Ivan Clarke took his family on holiday. As he departed, they looked back at their dog and he was looking wistfully after them. “That dog is lonely,” Ivan said. Upon their return, Ivan sketched, and then painted a picture unlike any he had ever done before. Instead of a gorgeous realistic landscape, brimming with light, Ivan painted a lively, whimsical image of a dog, standing fully clothed, looking longingly after a departing ship and lit by an over-bright moon. He called the painting “Bon Voyage.”

From this point on, a legacy was born. When asked multiple times, Ivan began telling the story of “Lonely Dog” – or “LD”, as he was later nicknamed, and the world in which he lived.

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