Dear Leah,

I received Abby’s portrait on Friday. I can’t thank you enough. It’s absolutely perfect. It is truly her.
I will highly recommend you to family and friends.

Kindest regards,
Cindy ”

Cindy Elliot, Salt Lake City, Utah

“Dear Leah,

Well! The portrait just arrived and you can’t imagine how thrilled my wife and I are! You have so completely captured Pasha’s personality, and her expression, especially her eyes, are truly magnificent. What an artist you are.


Ben Borak, Novato, CA

Cindy Elliot, Salt Lake City, Utah



The portrait came on Friday. It is fabulous! Maggie looks 3 dimensional. I took it to be framed and the people in the frame shop said it was the nicest pet portrait ( and they see a lot of them) that they had ever seen.

Thank you again. You have such talent.

Mary Ann Monteverde Hines, Bridgewater, CT


“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”

Catherine Morrison-StokelySchertz, TX

“Leah, I gave the painting to Ed as an early Christmas gift and I want to let you know 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.

Again, thank you so much.

Kristen Hammer, Boca Raton, FL

“Hi Leah!

The portrait is a HUGE success. Rick and I both absolutely love it! We have her hanging on the wall by our staircase, so every morning when we come downstairs we say hello, and every night when we go upstairs we say goodnight! It’s amazing how her eyes just follow you. We both often find ourselves gazing at it.

It was so great working with you. If we ever get to the point when we are ready to adopt another cat (or two!) we’ll be sure to have you paint their portraits. Such joy is all we feel when we look at Tasker’s!


Leslie O’CallaghanPeabody, MD

Leah, it is absolutely breath-takingly BEAUTIFUL!!!

I approve! Thank you so very much.

Rod Shingu, Pasadena, CA

“Oh Leah! Spectacular doesn’t even begin to describe just how cool this painting/shadow box is! It arrived safely (that was some serious packing job!) just now. Thank you for another lifelong memento! I am SO excited!”

Catherine Morrison-Stokely, San Antionio, TX

Note: This is a unique offering available only from Classic Pet Portraits. It is an oil portrait painted on glass, which is set in the “front door” of a shadowbox that opens, and mementos, photos, medals, or whatever you choose can be placed inside. I can arrange the items, or you can do it yourself, which was done in this example. This one has a fabric backing for the medals to be pinned to.

“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!”

Barbara and Kermit Kroyer, Mission Viejo, CA


My wife, Mary Ann surprised me with an early Christmas present, the portrait you painted of Ginger and Gilligan. The portrait is fantastic, it captures the essence of both of them. We almost lost Ginger (my sweetie) to congestive heart failure a few weeks ago. So every time I look at the portrait I know I’ll have her the rest of my life. I love it !

Best Regards, Paul”

Paul Hines, Bridgewater, CT

Barbara and Kermit Kroyer, Mission Viejo, CA

“Hi Leah

I’ve received the portrait in great condition. We opened it yesterday and seeing it brought tears to our eyes. Thank you so much for capturing Oscar so well. We will cherish this memento of him.

Best wishes,


Derina Chong, Singapore, Singapore

“Leah painted a head shot of my favorite horse, Stop The Talking, and I loved it. Leah also did a portrait of her with one of her foals that I loved. Obviously, I can’t have my horses with me but the paintings are the next best thing. I will treasure them. I know a little about art, as I went to Art School and her technique is excellent. I wish I was as talented. I would recommend her to anyone who would love a painting of their pet. I am also thankful to call her my friend.”

Kathy Eve Weckerle, Arcadia, CA

Selected Awards and Press:


Classic Pet Portraits Receives 2014 Best of Pasadena Award
PASADENA June 5, 2014 — Classic Pet Portraits has been selected for the 2014 Best of Pasadena Award in the Portrait Studio category by the Pasadena Award Program. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Pasadena Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity.

Excerpt of Review on Dog Express:
“There are many pet portrait artists available today and a quick Google search will bring up tens of thousands of choices, but The Dog Express has been blown away by the stunning, realistic and beautiful artwork created by Leah Knecht…Not only does Leah capture the life and personality of each pet that she paints, but she also adds depth and background to her paintings that makes them stand out and come alive on the canvas.”

Our Verdict
This review verdict has to be the easiest 10/10 that we have ever or will ever give on The Dog Express. Leah’s paintings are simply stunning. We are amazed by the quality and creativity shown in all of the Classic Pet Portrait paintings. These timeless, classic paintings will give years of joy to you as a pet owner, whether your beloved animal is still with you or not. If you have a photo of your pet and are looking for a way to immortalize them forever, or you are thinking of a suitable gift for a pet lover, there really is no better way than to commission one of Leah’s paintings.

Articles in Pasadena House and Garden: “Bringing Your Pet to Life” Pasadena artist creates a lifetime of memories.

And “Portrait Artist Leah Knecht Creates Souvenirs for Life


My brother and his wife received your beautiful drawing of his beloved pets. My brother and his wife just cried and held the frame for several minutes before responding. It was such an emotional moment. Not a dry eye in the house. They loved it so much that they have it hung above their couch in their living room. Everyone that has seen it, has been so impressed with your work. You are a very talented artist.

Thank you again for the kindness you showed me during this process. You are a wonderful person with a soft heart.”

Michelle FinizioCamillus, NY

“Hi Leah

I’ve received the portrait in great condition. We opened it yesterday and seeing it brought tears to our eyes. Thank you so much for capturing Oscar so well. We will cherish this memento of him.

Best wishes,

Derina Chong, Singapore, Singapore

“Dear Leah,

Thank you and God Bless you and your talent because I will forever get to look at Mistie and see her loving eyes and sweet face.


Kaylenesue Balch, Oklahoma City, OK

“I am so pleased with the portrait Leah Knecht did of my dog Buddy. She truly captured him both in image and his spirit. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants a lasting memory of a beloved pet.”

Linda Biedebach, Pasadena, CA


“Absolutely gorgeous!! I love it! It looks just like her.”

Lori Becker, Pasadena, CA

“Hi Leah,

I can’t tell you how happy we are with the portrait, you captured him exactly.
Thanks so much for the wonderful work, talk to you soon.”

Michele Carra, Monrovia, CA

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

Debbie and Richard Woodard, Camarillo, CA

“I Received ‘ROCCO’S’ portrait in the mail today, and I AM SOO VERY PLEASED WITH THE DETAIL!! I love it! Thank you Leah.. YOU ROCK!.”

Bridgette Garduno, Riverside, CA

“I Received ‘ROCCO’S’ portrait in the mail today, and I AM SOO VERY PLEASED WITH THE DETAIL!! I love it! Thank you Leah.. YOU ROCK!.”

Bridgette Garduno, Riverside, CA

— To all my wonderful clients, thank you so much for your support and kind words. It means the world to me. Your love for your pets, and generosity in sharing stories and personality traits of theirs touches my heart, and makes it so gratifying to portray them.

Leah Knecht, Classic Pet Portraits, Pasadena, CA

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