I've been painting pets almost exclusively for a few years now. One of my favorite things to see in this line of work is the final painting side by side with its subject. It's only natural since I'm not only an artist but also a pet lover.

Since I work from photographs, I rarely get to meet the pet that I'm painting. Therefore, seeing them with their portrait is the next best thing to meeting them. With the real counterpart standing next to them, you can see how the painting turned out. Even though they're very realistic, sometimes I wonder if they recognize themselves. Without further ado, check out some of the photos below and see for yourself!

This post is a second part of the on-going series. If you missed the first, you can see it here on Bored Panda, and if you want to check comparisons between photos and the result, see this one. For more portraits, check out my socials!

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Donut

Donut

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MsM
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2 years ago

What a gorgeous little sweetie

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For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing animals. They’ve always been my favorite subject. It was my high school art teacher who pushed me to pursue painting over drawing, and I’ve never looked back!

I love the ability to capture life on a canvas. There’s something so captivating about a well-done painting, that makes it even more special than a photograph. While a photograph can capture a moment, a painting has the ability to capture the subject’s essence. It’s hard to describe, but I know that I’ve done my job when my clients tell me that they can truly see their pet’s spirit in my work.

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Taffy

Taffy

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Norma
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2 years ago

That is one regal looking feline!

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Aspen And Vail

Aspen And Vail

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MsM
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2 years ago

So fluffy!

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The most challenging part of the creative process is capturing the essence of a beloved pet that has passed on. Often, the owners do not have any “perfect” pictures left of their furbaby. The photographs may be blurry cellphone photos, old physical copies, or in poor lighting. As a workaround, I typically use one favorite image as the source photo and use others as reference photos. Sometimes I’ll even pull images from online of the same breed of dog or cat to get a better understanding of specific details such as fur texture, or paw shape.

I use all of this information to piece together a painting that captures the pet better than the source image. This process can be really difficult and time-consuming, but it's always worth it.

My favorite part of the creative process is working on the finishing details. I love adding the “spark” that brings the paintings to life.

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Hudson

Hudson

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Norma
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2 years ago

Who's a good boy?

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Cooper

Cooper

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MsM
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2 years ago

Dats me

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The amount of time I spent creating portraits varies wildly from one portrait to the next. The fastest I’ve ever completed a portrait was in about 8 hours, and that was for one of my small black and white watercolor paintings. The large oil paintings can take upwards of 60 hours. Overall, I average 25 hours per painting.

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Benny

Benny

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WaitingtokissGregDavis
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2 years ago

Benny looks like an Olympic standard ball fetcher!

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Ace, Roxy, Dutch, And Rambo

Ace, Roxy, Dutch, And Rambo

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MsM
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2 years ago

Doggo on the right doesn't seem pleased with the results.

Thankfully I always have upcoming projects! This is my full-time job, so I typically have a few paintings in the pipeline. Though lately, they take a bit longer than usual, since I’m coming off maternity leave and working on taking care of our 3-month-old son at the same time! Up next I’ll be working on a portrait of a cherished family dog, who recently crossed the rainbow bridge. It’s a beautiful image, and I can’t wait to get started.  

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Tippy

Tippy

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Norma
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2 years ago

Awwww...Tippy! I wanna snuggle you!!

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Flip And Remi

Flip And Remi

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Norma
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2 years ago

Awww...you guys!!

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Hermione

Hermione

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Norma
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2 years ago

Sweetness and light...

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Poose

Poose

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MsM
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2 years ago

Poose has a blep

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Aurora

Aurora

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Norma
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2 years ago

OMG what a cutie!

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Rosie And Bo

Rosie And Bo

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CincyReds
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2 years ago

Where's Bo?

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Ralphy

Ralphy

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MsM
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2 years ago

Ralphy is a serious doggo

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Hendrix

Hendrix

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Norma
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2 years ago

Sweetie!

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Duke

Duke

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Ms. Who
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3 months ago

that's really cute

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Nutmeg

Nutmeg

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Susan Green
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3 months ago

What a great portrait of sweet Nutmeg.

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Piper

Piper

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Robin DJW
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3 months ago

Well done.

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Bella

Bella

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Susan Green
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3 months ago

Beautiful chocolate lab.

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Colby

Colby

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thEBOrdeSTpaNDA
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3 months ago

Let me just... *steals him*

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#21

Me, Ace And One Of His Portraits

Me, Ace And One Of His Portraits

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Ms. Who
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3 months ago

IT"S A PART 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#22

Georgie

Georgie

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Norma
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3 months ago

Georgie Porgie, puddin and pie!!

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Millie And Her Family

Millie And Her Family

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Kayjee
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3 months ago

She's soooo cute

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#24

Kevin

Kevin

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featherytoad
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3 months ago

Kevin. Love it when people name their pets ordinary people names.

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