A tiny Pekingese dog is sending the art world barking mad after his owner discovered his hidden talent for producing abstract works of art.
Little Ziggy is making a roaring trade from his work which fetch up to £170 a painting.
Owner Elizabeth Monacelli said he three-year-old pet began painting about three years ago after she encouraged him to pick up a paintbrush.
Ziggy the Pekingese terrier begins to paint while proud owner Elizabeth Monacelli looks on
And unlike many struggling artists, Ziggy is doing a roaring trade with his works in big demand across his home town of Fallbrook, California.
Ms Monacelli, a violin instructor, attaches a paintbrush to the end of a paper roller, which Ziggy either bites into or attaches to his snout to paint on canvas.
But she said Ziggy is a temperamental artist who's prone to bouts of ennui and existential doubts.
Three-year-old Ziggy pictured with some of his creations which fetch up to £170
'He enjoys painting but has to be in the right frame of mind for it,' Ms Monacelli said.
It can take Ziggy days or weeks to finish a canvas, as the little dog can only carry his artistic inspirations for a minute or two at a time.
'He'll go for a while then just roll himself into a little ball and start snoring,' Ms Monacelli said.
'Or he wanders off looking for snacks.'
Ms Monacelli said her pet can take days to produce one painting as he can only work for minutes at a time
One of the abstract pieces which Ziggy produced under his owner's watchful eye
Pictured: The tiny dog brushing up on his artistic skills by learning how to paint | Mail Online