From the artist:
Portrait painting is my loving tribute to the kindest and most devoted animals I have known, the dogs in my life.
Every pet has unique characteristics that their family appreciates and loves. Send me your favorite images that capture the essence of your pet and I will attentively paint their portrait.
Photography For Portrait Commissions
From the artist, Kathy Williams:
Please provide two or three photos of your pet. Keep in mind that images showing your pet's character, humor or spirit will help me achieve the best portrait. If you really love the moment you captured in your photo then it is probably a great choice.
The best images are close up, good lighting and high resolution. From your images I will select a composition that will capture your pet's character in the best way. I may crop images for a more dynamic portrait. Together we will decide which composition will be used before I begin painting the portrait.
(Please don't send photos taken by a professional photographer unless it is you.)
Traditionally, portraits are painted with a neutral background so nothing will compete with the subject. Therefore, what is in the background of your photo will not be in the painting. When painting the background I will use colors that are already present in the painting that will enhance the subject.
I paint the portraits on a wooden, box framed gessobord with a canvas texture which can be hung on the wall with no additional framing. These are a very nice quality, archival product and made in the USA from sustainable forest products.