About Me

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“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 goal is to create a lasting keepsake and tribute for you of your cherished pet. 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 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 blonde dog 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 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 passed away in 2016. We now have an energetic, fun loving puppy named Ellie! Her portrait, captured in her favorite place – the liriope in our garden – is below.LAc Studio - Pet Portrait Painting of Muffin by Lisa AcciaiEllie - 8x8 oil by Lisa Acciai

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 – and them too! 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!

Lisa