Because most people have a favorite photo of their pet, I try to work from that one, and the results can be dramatic. I can add backgrounds, and combine multiple pets. I use other photos and descriptions for color reference and details, and strive to capture the true beauty and personality of each special pet.

Original Photo of My Sweet Prince:

Original Photo of Lord Barkington:

Finished Portrait, 16″ x 20″ Oil on Panel:

The result-both dogs together, colors corrected, and background added. And both dogs looking at the viewer.

Original Photo of Ginger and Gilligan:

The client loved how the original photo showed her dogs’ closeness, but their faces weren’t clear, so I used other photos she specifically took of their faces for the portrait.

before_gilliganface

Finished Portrait, 16″ x 20″ Oil on Panel:

In the painting, I simplified the background, added the toy and drape to cover areas that were very unclear or cut off in the photo.

Original Photo of Stop the Talking:

The owner wanted the eye opened up, and the mane neater.

Finished Portrait, 16″ x 20″ Oil on Panel:

Now her eye looks alert, and the mane is showing. The solid background allows her beauty to shine.

Original Photo of Oliver:

Main Photo: Oliver’s ear was groomed too short, and
his color wasn’t correct.
 The photo below
shows how the owner wanted his ear and color.

Finished Portrait, 16″ x 20″ Oil on Canvas:

I based this ear from the additional photo of him, corrected the color,
removed the collar and background. This showcases him at his best.

Original Photos of Forrest and Jenny:

The owner took the photos separately,
as it was hard to get good shots of them together.
He used my “Photo Tips” for help.

Finished Portrait, 14″ x 18″ Oil on Canvas:

I combined them, added the background, and made their eyes more visible.