I had the honor this year to do a series of pet portraits for a client of her three dogs: Tucker the boxer mix, Addie the Rottweiler, and Rocky the Cane Corso. These portraits have been a great learning experience for me, as it is the first time in a very long time that I have used acrylic paints. After using them again, I found out how much I love the medium, and prefer it over any other. My style has taken on a more impressionistic style, while still maintaining some realism in the anatomy of the animal I am painting. I love this new fluid style, and I hope to create several more paintings in this style. I love the meticulous detail that can be created by colored pencils and pastels, but I also love the freedom that comes with painting.
Below are the portraits I created, showcased with their reference photos from the owner. With these you can see the advantage of having a portrait painted of your beloved pet. A painting adds light and details that can be very difficult to see in photos. Most people have tons of photos of their pets on their cell phones, and unfortunately many of these can be too small, blurry or too dark to really print out and display in your home. I can capture that moment for you in a painting that will last forever.
If you are interested in commissioning a pet portrait or other artwork from me, please Contact Me! I can work with almost any photo. Multiple references are preferred so I can really capture the personality of your pet. My Pet Portrait portfolio currently showcases mostly cats and dogs, but I would love the opportunity to paint any pet! I am open to painting horses, reptiles, rats, even fish!