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.

Owen

Owen

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.