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.
Wouldn't you love a cherished memory painting of your pet?
After creating 100+ pet portraits over the past 10 years, one of the most often comments I hear is:
"It made me cry!" A good cry. Why? Because a hand-painted pet portrait can touch the heart in the deepest way. Sometimes when words can't express the love we have for our pets, a beautiful painting that captures their likeness and personality will become a cherished treasure that will last a life time! Commission your pet portrait today!
See details about commissioning a pet portrait below
gift certificates are available
"Linda’s incredible and talented eye for perfection came out in our pet portrait of our Golden Retriever “Snickers”. Snick was an active friend and loved to swim. Towards the end of her life she slowed down alot. One of her favorite hobbies in the summertime was to sprawl out on her raft and float around in our pool. What a life she had! Linda was able to capture everything from the stone work and the Mandevilla plants around the pool to the shadows in the water. Even the sunlight on Snick’s face was spot-on! It is never easy to say goodbye to a dear friend. Linda’s pet portrait of our Snickers keeps her presence with us everyday. " Karen Hickey
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 10 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 and commission contract is required to begin the painting.
Step 4: The fun begins! I will send you progress photos of the painting and 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. Most paintings are shipped through UPS with insurance and tracking information will be provided to you. Final payment is due at the time of completion, prior to shipping.
DAY OF ARRIVAL!
Time to celebrate and enjoy your cherished memory painting... forever!
Framing Options are available.
8 x 8 in. or 8 x 10 in. $450
12 x 12 in. or 12 x 16 in. $650
16 x 20 in. or 16 x 16 in. $950
18 x 24 in. or 18 x 18 in. $1600
24 x 30 in. or 24 x 24 in. $2500
24 x 36 in. or 36 x 36 in. $3000
48 x 60 in. or 48 x 48 in. $4000
For custom sizes or multiple pets and people in photo/painting
please contact me for an estimate.
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.
Tips on Photographing your Pet
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.
Linda S. Marino Art
Branford, CT 06405
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