The image was painted by Iowa artist Larassa Kabel, who contributed the oil portrait for the card.
Yesterday the mail brought a collection of Bo-Notes, notecards featuring Bo-Bama in various poses in and around the White House. The Obamas are stuck on Bo, from the looks of things.
What was interesting, though, was that one of the Bo-Notes was a photograph that looked very much like the White House Christmas Card. I checked it out, and sure enough, the illustration on the card was based on the photograph.
A comparison of the two is a great example of the artist’s touch.