“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog
Our pets are only with us for a short time, and my mission is to create a lasting keepsake to honor all the joy and love our pets bring us. I paint in a realistic manner to capture the essence of your pet and the joy in their eyes, and attempt to immortalize that special bond between the two of you.
Hi, I’m Lisa, an artist, in Blacksburg, Virginia, with a love for animals and a passion for painting portraits of pets. I’m a softy for those cute expression in your pets eyes, the tilts of their heads, and smiles on their faces. The Cavachon with me in the picture above is, Muffin, she is my parents 3rd child and more spoiled than my brother and I were 🙂 Muffin’s portrait that I painted is below on the right – how can anyone resist those eyes! The other girl In the picture is our dog, Lady. She was my faithful studio companion until she sadly passed away in 2016. We now have an energetic, fun loving Labradoodle named Ellie! I painted her portrait in her favorite spot – the liriope in our garden.
Since I was a child, I have always created art of some form or another, but it has always been the portrait drawing and painting of animals that has given me the greatest pleasure. When I present a commissioned painting to a client and they see their pet brought to life on canvas it brings me such joy! Below is one clients testimonial of their finished portrait.
“For Valentine’s Day, my hubby gave me the most amazing portrait of me and my yorkie-poo (Rambo). I cannot put into words how amazing it is – you did the most incredible job! You captured Rambo’s sweet little expression so perfectly. Simply put – you nailed it.” Melissa It’s an easy process to have your pets portrait painted as I paint them from your photos that you can provide to me by email. If by chance you live in Blacksburg, VA – I’m more than happy to set up a time to come by and do a photo shoot with your pet. More info on how to commission your pets portrait can be found here: Commission a pet portrait page and you can always email me at [email protected] with questions or comments.
And here’s a bit more about me…
I grew up in New York state (not the city, as people always assume!) and currently live in the mountains of Blacksburg, Virginia, with my husband, my two teen boys and our dog Ellie. As a child, my dream was to become a full time artist, but in college I was led down another creative path and graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from State University of NY at Fredonia (a small school outside of Buffalo, NY in case you are wondering). I still practice graphic design from my studio at home, but I needed an escape from the long hours at the computer and so I began to explore my original passion for fine art. Several years ago, I picked up my brushes and pencils and began painting and drawing again. You can check out my sketchbook on Instagram or view my sketchbook updates on my blog. It’s been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life and my mission is to bring a little bit of happiness to your life by painting your pet’s portrait!
Thanks for stopping by!
Awards & Juried Exhibitions:
2018 Best Figure in Oil: Bath County Art Show
2017 Best of Show: Carilion Healing Arts Show
2017 3rd place: NRV Through the Artists Eye exhibit
2016 Juried Exhibition: Radford City Fine Art Show
2015 Juried Exhibition: New River Art 2015 Biennial