Art encapsulates the cultural heritage of a nation; it expresses emotion and political views; it is the visualization of the human attitude towards life and the world. People worldwide share their lives with domesticated animals and these pets are thought of as family. The personalities of our animal companions are as unique as the individuals who bring them into their lives and homes. Capturing the essence of these distinctive personalities in a pet portrait is a precious gift to those that love them.
Artists Melanie and Nicholas work in their garden studio in rural UK painting dogs, cats and horses for a living. Nicholas specialises in oil paintings on Italian Linen canvas and Melanie works solely in graphite pencil. They both aim to capture the personality, character and essence of your pet in their portraits. They can be commissioned worldwide and their portraits can be seen on their Studio Diary in progress, so you never miss a stage of your portrait come to life. They are accompanied in their studio by their resident Tibetan Terrier called Lily who is throughly spoilt and who keeps a watchful eye over the dogs coming to life on their easels. We hope you enjoy their website and have fun commissioning your own portrait today.
From the midwest, a graduate of Pratt Institute, and a professional art director, graphic designer, and sculptor for many years in New York City, Diana Zadarla relocated with her husband and guinea pig to the East End of Long Island to live near the beach and her horse. She continued to freelance and manage a gallery. Today, with two equines and two felines, the couple live surrounded by wildlife in a forest near the bay and ocean.
Fed up with interminably upgrading the technology required for graphic design, Diana recently devised a unique and gratifying way to combine her love of animals with her artistic talent and skill in capturing likenesses: she sculpts classic bas-relief portraits of pets and/or their people on commission — creating personal small works of fine art in durable polymer clay from photographs.
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Shelley Lowell’s love of animals shows in her paintings. Her artistic goal when creating your painting (or black and white pencil drawing) is to capture the feeling and personality of your pet with integrity. Ms Lowell is a highly accomplished animal (and people) portrait artist. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, Shelley uses her natural gift of artistic expression and her art training to create outstanding, representational oil paintings. With more than 30 years experience, her art has been exhibited in gallery and museum shows, including The Bronx Museum of the Arts and The High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The awards her art has received are a further testament to the level of her artistic achievement. Among these is the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators Award of Merit. Her paintings are the finest way to celebrate your love for your pet. Her paintings are treasured for generations.
In 2007 artist Evelyn McCorristin Peters adopted a nine year old Boxer female named Tilly through Florida Boxer Rescue. She wanted to help this wonderful organization but realized she would be a “Foster Flunky,” keeping any Boxer in search of a “furever” home, so she decided to help them through her art. Evelyn donates her work to rescues and shelters around the country to raise funds that directly help animals in need and their caretakers. Her dog portraits have recently been published in 1000 Dog Portraits – From the People Who Love Them and she is a signature artist with Art for Barks, a nonprofit formed to support Service Dogs, Rescue Animals and Animal Artists & Writers. Her contemporary fur friend portraits are brought to life in her Florida studio with the assistance of her four legged muses Abby and Johnny, both rescues, though who rescued who is still up for debate.
Mike Theuer lives in Bellefonte, PA, drawing and painting portraits full time. In earlier years he earned a master’s in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU), he worked several years as a therapist for troubled kids, and he started a couple of businesses of his own. During most of this time he also taught drawing and painting at PSU starting in 1994 and retiring in 2015. Today he has created over a thousand portraits. “In each I try to make a striking resemblance. But I try not to make a portrait look smooth and blended like a photo. I feel if I wanted a photo, then I should use a camera. Instead I strive to make a portrait rough especially toward the edges of the paper. Except the eyes. The eyes I usually smooth and blend to look photographic hoping the contrast will draw your attention. To me the eyes are where the resemblance is.”
Equipped with a B.F.A. in graphic design and fine art from the University of South Carolina. Sally began painting full time in 1996. Her work is known for its expressive use of color and bold designs. She creates whimsical works inspired by dogs, cats, horses and any other creature that catches her fancy. The soul and personality of the animal is captured with the eyes and mouth while the rest of the figure is executed more spontaneously with color and brushstrokes. Sally’s award winning artwork has been featured for many fundraisers and has also been exhibited at the Italian Embassy in Rome through the Art and Embassies Program and international juried shows with galleries and museums all over the United States. She has signature memberships to the National Society of Acrylic Painters and the Degas Pastel Society.
Norma Wilson is a pet portrait artist. After graduating from The College of Notre Dame in Maryland, she married and spent the next twenty years as a Navy wife. She studied watercolor and drawing at the Swinburne School of Art in Rhode Island and took a course in Interior design. But, for the most part, she concentrated on raising three wonderful boys named Patrick, Sean, and Andrew. Fifteen years later she was encouraged by her friend to take a class with a local artist in fine art painting on furniture. She also studied pastel and acrylic. She has been painting ever since and loves it!
“My paintings for me are a way to express the beauty and color that surrounds us and to celebrate the dance of light on everyday objects. When I am deep in the creative process, it becomes a sort of meditative experience where I am participating fully in the moment and allowing the universe to co-create and unfold in my work.”