Capturing Your Pet's Likeness AND Personality in Oils or Pastels
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Commission a portrait of a beloved pet or person, traditionally hand-painted in oil or pastel by Leah Knecht, a classically trained artist. From your favorite photo, I will create a custom portrait that captures your pet's unique personality. My style is highly detailed, and depicts your pet's likeness in a very realistic way. People remark they look “three-dimensional and alive.” Backgrounds can be changed or added, too.

• Exceptional quality art that you will be proud to own.

• The perfect way to immortalize your beloved pet forever.

• A great gift for pet lovers. Gift Certificates are available.

• Framing Packages in custom and stock frames available.

• Completely custom, hand-painted only by Leah Knecht.

(Other sites have paintings done in China, or are produced digitally.)

What a Portrait Can Do:
quote 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!

All my best, Catherine close quote

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The "Classic" Difference: I paint in the time-tested techniques of the Old Masters of the Renaissance, using only high quality, lasting materials, and each portrait is completed to my clients satisfaction. I strive to capture the personality of your pet or loved one.

Some portrait sites actually have their paintings done in China, where they don't use quality materials or processes. They often use ink-jet prints on canvas, then paint in oils on top of it. This will not last as it creates an unstable surface. Inks have a limited lifespan, and fade in light, while oil paintings have lasted centuries.

Other artists produce digital "Paintings" which are prone to the same problems, plus they don't have the depth of a real oil painting. The depth, details, and quality of my portraits is apparent. Compare close-ups of my work with other pet portraits, and you will be convinced!

About Commissions:
“If you’re not sure what you want, it’s OK. Send me photos of your pet or loved one, and I can suggest the best one for the portrait, and a good size for it. 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, insured, and shipped safely to your door. My goal is to provide the best possible portrait and level of service for all of my clients, and I offer portrait options to suit most budgets. I also can provide international shipping.”
--Leah Knecht, sole artist and owner of Classic Pet Portraits

About My Customer Service: From a client: “ I just typed in google, "custom canvas paintings" and looked through a few, emailed a few and asked a few questions but by far, your service has been the best and easiest.“ -- Bob

“Leah made a difficult process warm and comfortable. We had just lost our beloved poodle, Bailey. She worked with us in making the painting just as we wanted to remember him. She always responded to our phone calls promptly. We would gladly use her services and talent again without hesitation.” -- Debbie and Richard


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