Commission a portrait of your beloved pet, created by Leah Knecht, a classically trained artist from the world-renowned Art Center College. She will work closely with you to create a unique, customized portrait that captures your pet’s likeness and personality in great detail.
From your favorite photo, she will enhance the beauty inherent within, bring out the details, and produce a timeless, classic portrait of your pet that you will treasure forever. Even a sub-par photo can be transformed. Backgrounds can be added, and pets combined, also.
Photographs fade over time, but oil paintings and pastels have lasted centuries. They also have their own presence, depth and richness, and can be created with different backgrounds, or a tonal color background to showcase your pet. Contact to schedule your own special portrait.
Visit “Gallery" for many more portraits, and larger versions.
“Leah, we just received up our portrait., and it turned out beautifully! I have shared your website with friends and family - they were amazed on how you took Grace from the BBQ setting to her favorite place to lounge. They also complimented you very highly as they have not seen such a wonderful rendition of a dog portrayed in oil.
Again, THANY YOU for giving us this beautiful “gift” of our Gracie - your talent is amazing!”
Original Photo of Grace:
Offering Complete Service: “If you’re not sure what you want, I will make it easy for you. Send me photos of your pet, and I can suggest a good size and format for the photo that will make the best portrait. I will send mock-ups with background colors or other options for you to choose from. If you have a favorite photo, I will work from that one if possible. I can frame your oil portrait so that it’s ready to hang when you receive it. (Perfect for gifts!) Portraits are carefully packaged and shipped safely to your door. My goal is to provide the best possible portrait and level of service for all of my clients.
If you already know what you want, you can place your order online, email, or call (626) 644-8081. Orders are on a first come basis, unless there is a rush order, which I will try to accommodate." – Leah Knecht
The “Classic Difference” combines the time-tested techniques of the Old Masters, with advanced modern technology in materials. Only quality, archival materials are used, and everything is hand-done to order, not digital. The depth, details, and quality of the portraits is apparent, and clients have approval throughout the process. Compare close-ups of the work with other pet portraits, and you will be convinced!
Hear What Clients are Saying: (read more on “Testimonials” page)
“Oh Leah – The painting arrived and it is so beautiful – I am speechless. Thank you for helping me keep her memory alive. It is completely priceless to me. You are truly a blessing!...” – Catherine Morrison-Stokely
“Leah, I gave the painting to Ed as a gift and he absolutely loves it. It’s a great memory of a place and time for him and we both love having such a beautiful memory of a really exceptional dog. You captured Cole’s personality, not just his looks...” – Kristen Hammer
“Well! The portrait just arrived and you can't imagine how thrilled we are! You have so completely captured Pasha's personality, and her expression, especially her eyes, are truly magnificent. What an artist you are...” – Ben Borok
|Before and After Examples: (See more examples on “Before and After” page)|
Portrait of Oliver, 14" x 18" Oil on Canvas. This is his true coloring, and his ear was lengthened, as it was too short in photo. Another photo was used as reference for his ear.
Original Photo of Oliver:
|Before and After of Horse:
“You can receive a 15% discount, in gratitude for your valuable service. All Military members, active or retired; K9 handlers, service/volunteer dog owners or handlers qualify. Volunteers at animal rescue organizations also qualify. My own dogs are rescue dogs, so I appreciate your hard work and kind hearts.” – Leah Knecht