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The Inspiration To Create

The Inspiration To Create

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Animal Reflections, Family Portraits, Portrait Inspiration | 0 comments

How do artists visualize their ideas? Where does the inspiration come from? Why am I creating this particular portrait?

I’m often asked how I create my portraits of people, animals or both. Part of the process is that I truly love what I do, and when I see a subject, either in person or in a photograph, I “feel” his or her story.

Andrew With Granny Smith

Andrew With Granny Smith

This feeling comes from years of observation, of deep affection and understanding of my own pets, family, and friends, and from watching the loving interaction of others. The inspiration comes naturally, you might say.



It is such a pleasure when I immerse myself in his or her story. I know that I want to create a vision of the subject that will not only satisfy my artistic needs, but also provide a unique gift and memory. When I’m calmly at one with the materials, and my thoughts, a painting virtually paints itself and I’m just along for the ride. Of course, my purpose is also to oversee, and ensure, accuracy and harmony.

Creating a portrait is a deeply personal experience. A portrait doesn’t have to be formal, as long as it captures the person. As an artist, I know my portraits will be part of a family’s history. I want them to feel the joy that I felt when I captured the spirit of their family member – animal or human.

Please visit my web site, Pets by hArt, to see how a portrait of your loving pet will enhance your home and memory.

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Want To Go For A Walk Down Memory Lane?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Animal Reflections, Pet Portraits, Portrait Inspiration | 0 comments

Remember when your dog was a puppy, how excited and playful and energetic he was? Remember how great you felt when she was finally housebroken? Or when he learned a new trick, stopped chewing your favorite sandals…and finally stopped crying and started sleeping through the night? Which memory is the most meaningful?

It’s exciting to see your puppy grow and learn and adapt to your lifestyle. All of a sudden, you’re communicating perfectly with her – and vice versa.

Stan and Left (as a puppy!)

Stan and Lefty (as a puppy!)

But unlike our children, puppies mature all too quickly…and all of a sudden, they are senior citizens, with a whole new set of problems, like arthritis, heart trouble, vision problems, you name it. And sooner or later, we are forced to admit that a much beloved “puppy” is old…and maybe, maybe his or her days are numbered.

This is the time when a portrait, made from one of your favorite photos of your pet, can┬árecall and illuminate times past. Do you have a favorite photo or two in a frame or album – or on your cell phone? It would be my pleasure to see your photo…and make a beautiful custom oil painting of your dog (or cat). You will have it forever, to see every day and relive a moment in your pet’s life that will always make you smile.

I would be glad to do a photo shoot, but there’s no need for your dog to “sit” through that. When you send me a few of your favorite images, I can still create a one-of-a-kind painting that will capture your pet’s unique personality – and become a treasured gift for a family member…or for yourself.

Please visit my page, Pets by hArt, to see how a portrait of your loving pet will enhance your home and memory.

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