In today's age of cellphones, artists don't always get the best images to work with for their paintings. As a pet portrait artist, I think it is especially true.

Let's face it, the vast majority of the photos we have of our beloved fur babies are going to be from our phones. Since this format doesn't always yield the highest quality image, it can be frustrating to find out that your favorite pictures are too blurry, too dark, or in less than ideal scenery. This is where I can come in and get a bit creative.

With my hand-painted pet portraits, I try to clean up the image, bring in any lost detail, and sometimes change up the scene entirely to create the perfect composition. But most importantly, I aim to capture the spirit and essence of my subjects on canvas.

Below you can view some of my favorite before and afters (source photo on the left and painting on the right). You can also see pets posing with their portraits in my previous post

Thank you for checking out my work!

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Jasmine, Oil On Linen, 16x20

Jasmine, Oil On Linen, 16x20

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Diana Eriksson 1 week ago

Stunning!

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Lizzy, Oil On Linen, 16x20

Lizzy, Oil On Linen, 16x20

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Roos Dillema 1 week ago

What a loving look on her face, love it

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Roxie, Oil On Linen, 16x20

Roxie, Oil On Linen, 16x20

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Roos Dillema 1 week ago

Throw it again! and again and again and again

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Debbie And Le Bon, Oil On Linen, 16x20

Debbie And Le Bon, Oil On Linen, 16x20

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ChiveChilly 1 week ago

This photo is on-point! The painting too! As a competitive horseback rider, I love it :D

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Paddington And Mitch, Oil On Canvas, 16x20

Paddington And Mitch, Oil On Canvas, 16x20

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Holli Burman 1 week ago

Mans best friend! :)

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Fred, Oil On Linen, 12x16

Fred, Oil On Linen, 12x16

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Roos Dillema 1 week ago

Good old boy

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Huey Lewis, Oil On Linen, 9x12

Huey Lewis, Oil On Linen, 9x12

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Holli Burman 1 week ago

Precious kitty!

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Hudson,oil On Linen, 12x16

Hudson,oil On Linen, 12x16

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NoYFB 1 week ago

The background ruins this one. Makes it look less realistic.

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Knuck, Oil On Linen, 16x20

Knuck, Oil On Linen, 16x20

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ChiveChilly 1 week ago

Love the collar in the first pic :P

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Haze, Oil On Linen, 9x12

Haze, Oil On Linen, 9x12

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Benjámin Dorogi 1 week ago

He could be sitting next to the couple on American Gothic :D

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Morgan And Derby, Oil On Linen, 16x20

Morgan And Derby, Oil On Linen, 16x20

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ChiveChilly 1 week ago

Looks exactly like my old horse, Pumba :(

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Mosely, Oil On Linen, 11x14

Mosely, Oil On Linen, 11x14

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Pretty Pangolin 1 week ago

What's all the paraphernalia he's wearing in the reference photo?

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Patches, Oil On Canvas, 20x30

Patches, Oil On Canvas, 20x30

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Holli Burman 1 week ago

Precious!

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