I have fallen in love with my custom pet portrait art. The love affair began some years ago when a dear friend commissioned me to paint a deceased pet. Being a part of the healing process, and hearing of the unconditional love became a little precious to me. Also, getting to know pets through stories and through painting the little beasts moved me in unexpected ways. Creating these unique portraits has become a bit of a routine and I could not be happier. I have painted many pets, living and departed and can honestly say that I love it each and every time for the exact reasons I mentioned before.
I thought I would share a few stories and post some of my most successful pieces here now, to spread the word about my work and to remind myself! Get your own here.
Some noteworthy puppers from the last few years. Jen, the proud owner of Finnegan (top left – and one of my favorite pieces) is a friend from my grade school days spent in Virginia. The Frenchie at top right made an appearance on my friend Susie’s page and I had to paint! Turns out the dog didn’t belong to her, but to a new friend of hers in LA. Sweet Olive Donnelly (bottom middle) is the oldest piece here. The tiny pup helped a dear friend during and after the loss of her husband. She is an adorable, sweet, uncharacteristically quiet chihuahua and I adore her. To her right is Mikka, my friend Yang’s dog. Yang loves how smart and independent she is.
King George (top left) lives in England with a married gay couple and their son. His father David is one of my favorite Instagram friends. Tiger Lily (bottom middle) lives in Yachats, Oregon in an air stream and an Art gallery. Her mother and I have known each other since childhood. Carrie, the owner of the gorgeous cat on the bottom right said this of her piece: “Chloe 💕 was such a beauty…We called her our model kitty because she was gorgeous and had quite the attitude. She was a princess, so we treated her as such 💅🏼 but we would tease her about her humble beginnings (she was born in a barn). The moment you captured was toward the end of her life.”
This is Chase and Boogie, sweet, beautiful boys who belong to Sandy, a dear friend right here in Portland. They were a partial trade payment for a trip to Alaska!
I painted this precious baby simply because I think he is so cute. His Mom Zacil lives in Mexico and his name is Cotton.
This is Rufus, owned by Megan in Los Angeles. Rufus was commissioned by my friend Season’s in an effort to cheer Megan up when she lost Rufus earlier this year. Megan spent over a year searching the Humane Society before she met the “one”. It was just the 2 of them for years. He had anxiety and would escape sometimes. He was gone once for more than a week in LA. She kept the faith and got him back, miles away from their house.
Speaking of Seasons – I painted sweet Louie for her birthday this year. He didn’t live to see Seasons in her new beach house with her love Jim. He would have loved the house, so I wanted to include him in the piece as if he really is there watching for her. When I asked Seasons today what she loved most about Louie she got a faraway misty look like she was 16 and thinking of a teen idol. Really, though she thought of him as a Jazz man who you felt honored to be loved by.
Finally, we have Roz. Roz’s owner approached me for earrings earlier this year and that led to me following the cockatoo on Instagram, and ultimately painting this. I asked was made Roz so special and this was the response,
So, there you have it – a little insight on one aspect of the career that I love. Feel free to share this and spread the word – or take the leap and get yourself one!
A big part of my success with being a working artist is my custom pet portrait work. Not only do I enjoy painting dogs, cats and birds, but while I am working on them I feel an instant bond or connection with the person the pieces are for. To be honest, this is one of the biggest motivators in doing what I do – that human connection. Check out the listing to get your own pet portrait here. They come with 3 size options and are reasonably priced! No pet is denied, I will paint any species, but dogs and cats are the most popular of course.
- I also love to hand-paint dog and cat breeds on tiny charm earrings. I paint the earrings on dense board with a light protective coating and your choice of hardware finishes. (Copper, bronze, surgical steel or gold plated) The earrings retail for $38 and are quite lightweight. Generally the earrings measure 2 inches from top to bottom, but can be made to order and as such, can be larger or smaller. The cat earrings can be found here and the doggies are here.
- Feel free to reach out with any requests or questions!
Let’s start at the end. Pictured above is Ramona Falls. It worked out to be an 8 mile hike today. As you can see, the payoff was worth the work. The view, the woods, and the mist cleared my head after a relatively busy work week.
This glorious beauty above is labradorite. The extra flashy cabochon is set with sterling silver on a shimmering sterling rope chain. Get it Here.
For the first time in my life I am working on things that will pay off 2,3,4,5 months down the line. That said, this week had me busting my butt to make painted pet portraits for the first luxury pet shop to carry my line, FOR PAWS In Portland, Oregon. I also worked on some Star Wars themed pieces that will hang for a May the 4th… event, but you can get first dibs on these two right now!
The Rebel Leia / 8×8″ acrylic on wood, $60
My very favorite Star Wars character, “Ahsoka Tano” acrylic on board, framed / 8×10″ $75
If you don’t find yourself in Portland and are unable to snag some of my popular pet earrings at For Paws, never fear! You can commission me to make your very own!
In addition to the Star Wars pieces I also made 3 science fiction themed pieces for another group show including Lovely Faye Valentine above!
All of these creations and more kept me quite busy all week, but don’t expect a slow-down. I have 3 more shows in May to prepare for as well as a whole lot of jewelry to create so that my site stays fresh! Stay tuned! And feel free to shout out any and all special requests you might have. I try to accommodate everyone.