My love for painting pets started when my kids and our family dog were young and all I had time for were quick sketches in watercolor and pencil as they snuggled up on the couch together. My skills grew and as I moved into painting with oils, I found that love for capturing the soulful eyes of adorable pets has become... well a passion for me.
A sweet note about Mia's portrait:
"Thank you so very much, Linda! I am still crying over this. You have no idea how perfect the timing was for this gift. I have been praying to the Holy Spirit and have not been let down once. It is like you heard us, and that not only amazes me, but just strengthens my faith in our Lord and what is possible when you are open to His blessings. It's one thing to have a talent, but when you share that talent with someone and it lifts them up in the way it has lifted me, I am just left speechless. Please know this is one of the most precious gifts I have ever received. I can't wait for Tony and Hayley to come home to see it. Marissa was blown away. I am going to post a picture of the photo and the painting as soon as I can...hopefully tomorrow. Thank you again, and I pray that our Lord blesses you for doing such a beautiful act of kindness this holiday season." - Lisa C.
Recent Pet Portrait:
Apollo for Deb and Jim Kerr
"We absolutely love this painting, Linda. You really captured the essence of Apollo. He loves hiking and being in the mountains. The photo this is based on was taken on what was probably his last big hike. He's 15 now and doesn't have the strength in his legs to get up the mountains anymore. This is how we'll remember him long after he's gone. King of all that he surveys..."
Recent Pet Portrait:
Chip for the Manley Family
A note from Jim and Deb Knorr owners of Apollo
We absolutely love this painting, Linda. You really captured the essence of Apollo. He loves hiking and being in the mountains. The photo this is based on was taken on what was probably his last big hike. He's 15 now and doesn't have the strength in his legs to get up the mountains anymore. This is how we'll remember him long after he's gone. King of all that he surveys...
How to Order a Custom Pet Portrait
Step 1: It's best to contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or
by phone 203-444-5705.
Step 2: Email 5 to 6 photos of your pet. They don’t have to be professional just good quality digital photos or prints will do. See below Tips for Photographing Your Pet
Step 3: Together we can decide on which pose or photo will work best to capture the "essence" of your pet. We'll determine the best size and canvas. A 50% deposit is required.
Step 4: When I am close to completion I will email a picture of the portraits for your approval.
Step 5: After the painting is thoroughly dry, I will then varnish and carefully wrap for shipping or delivery.
Final payment is due at the time of completion.
Framing Options are available.
How long does it take to paint a custom pet portrait?
Approximately 6 to 8 weeks... However,please contact me first to confirm turn-around time.
Gift Certificates Available in any Amount
Pricing and Size
with one pet in picture • unframed
tax not included
6 x 6 "
8 x 8" or 8 x 10"
9 x 12", 12 x 12", 11 x 14" 12" x 16"
16 x 20 in. $550
18 x 24 in. $750
24 x 30in. $1000
Larger or custom sizes or multi pets in photo please contact me for an estimate.
1. Take plenty of photos. It's best to see your pet from different angles.
2. Use natural light, preferable outdoors without a flash. The flash will distort the shape of the eyes and dull the fur. Interior lamp lighting can make the fur look very yellow.
3. Take a few photos from different perspectives. i.e. looking down, at eye level and side portrait.
4. A few close-ups and full body (not cropping off legs or ears).
Remember the better the quality of photo the less guesswork when painting.