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Pets, Personalities, And Colors

By Sophia Cook

A graphic artist feels little faces watching her whenever she works at home. A big chunk of her time is used for creating print ads, handling form designs, and other stuff that seem lifeless. Observing her through a screened door are four felines and four canines.

Those faces are launching a new career path for this graphic artist who is 34. While on a trip to Texas visiting her parents she looked at the pictures of her animals and began to paint their images on canvas. She uses different colors for the paintings of her animals, trying to find which one fits their personalities.

She makes it a point to capture the essence of the animal when she paints. With different colors, I can paint the animal’s personality and looks. The painting of a mid size mixed breed which she found along with her husband on a camping trip became her first. It was a red dog, and it never left them.

Green, she felt, captured the personality of her jealous dog. Before her, another artist used nontraditional colors to paint animals. A red eyed blue dog was the painting that one cajun artist made in 1984 in commemoration of his dog who died in 1980.

People would really notice the blue dog in her paintings. People view these blue paintings as fanciful, but the artist views it as haunting. Each of the paintings, though quite humorous on the outside, actually have deep spiritual messages embedded in them. The dog looks at us with the same questions that have been plaguing mankind for eternity.

She wants the art to be a reflection of the animal’s essence. She picks colors that alive and uses not so ordinary patterns to capture their actions. All her animals are rescued, adopted from a shelter or found on the street. She also adopted a dog, the newest in the family, who was wandering from one house to another in the neighborhood.

She began marketing her pet portraits last summer by placing colorful fliers in local veterinarian offices. She asks clients to send photos and describe the animal’s personality. She said she’d pick the colors once she understands the animal. The owner said the portraits offer his customers something more than a typical portrait or photograph.

The painting of her was a bright yellow, revealing her energetic side. Portraits will be appreciated by people who know the subjects in the pictures, said a gallery owner. Looking at a portrait and appreciating it are two different things.

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