“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

Lisa, Lady and MuffinOur pets are only with us for a short time, and my mission is to create a keepsake to honor the joy and love they bring us. I paint in a realistic manner to capture the essence of your pet and the joy in their eyes. My goal is to immortalize that special bond between the two of you.

Hi, I’m Lisa,

a professional pet portrait artist, in Blacksburg, Virginia, with a love for animals and a passion for painting pet portraits. I’m a softy for those cute expression in your pets eyes, the tilts of their heads, and smiles on their faces. The two dogs pictured with me have both sadly passed. The Cavachon, Muffin, was my parents pup and Lady, the black lab, was my pup and my faithful studio companion. We now have an energetic, fun loving Labradoodle named Ellie, and my parents have an even more energetic pup named Nayha.


Nayha’s portrait

Ellie - oil painting by Lisa Acciai

Ellie’s portrait

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 the photos you provide to me by email.  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 further questions.

A bit more about me…

I grew up in New York state 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. I still practice graphic design from my home studio, 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 sketches on Instagram.

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:

2022 Jane Pollock Mellen Award: Best Animal or Bird in Oil, Pastel, or Watercolor at the Bath County Art Show

2022 3rd place: Art at the Market in Downtown Blacksburg

2019 Juried Exhibition: New River Biennial at Moss Art Center

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

2015 Juried Exhibition: Jacksonville Juried Exhibition