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I’m a petlover from way back. I had my first tabby cat and her whole litter of kittens (yeah, my folks were slow on the spaying — NOT good) when I was four years old. These days, I pal around with my adorable pound puppy, Nico.

Of course, every day I have to come to work, and Nico stays at home to lounge on the couch (or in my bed) or hit the town with her dogwalker. I’d love if she could come to work with me, but building codes, you know. Lately, I’ve been thinking about adding a little bit of her mug to my office — beyond the photo that sits on my desk. That’s where pet art comes in.

Tons of digital artists, photographers and painters have started offering their pet portrait services and turned pet art into quite a trend. I’ve done some scouring online to see what variations I could fine — and yes, some options can get pricey.

Here are some goodies I’ve found:


Artpaw.com takes a simple photo of your prized pooch or pussycat and transform it into Andy Warhol-reminiscent pieces. They also have oil paint-inspired versions, or they’ll drop your furry friend in master classics (they’re more funny than chic).


Popartpet.com adds loads of digital enhancements to your home photos — they can make them dotty and comics-like (a la Lichtenstein) or just up the blur for effect (like on the cutie above) and add to canvas.


Jencartetc is an Etsy artist that does freehand drawings from your photos. Better still, 20 percent of her proceeds go to the Humane Society of Utah.

Of course, there’s always the budget option: get crafty and make a custom collage. Or if you’re lucky like me, you might work with or know a computer design-inclined friend who can drop some fancy styling on a personal photo. There’s something nice about a framed, original piece on a canvas, though.

If you’d rather not order online, visit your local framing shop — they sometimes have flyers or suggestions for local portrait artists.

So have you transformed your prized pet into a work of art? Tell me about it. I’m looking for ideas.


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18 Responses

  1. Laura M says:

    These are some great ideas… but you could even make some of these your own with Photoshop (for free)!

  2. [...] called Design Happens, so we went looking and sure enough there we were, in a feature titled Creature Comforts along with some other Pop-ular pet portrait artists. In referencing our custom pet portraits they [...]

  3. Hey Kristine, I am slow to find this, but thanks so much for the shout-out. Huge fan of HGTV and happy to have discovered your blog.

  4. What a great post!
    I love Rebecca Collins work at Artpaw.com. She a gifted artist with top notch customer service!

  5. Jackie Roach says:

    I originally looked for someone to do a portrait of my cat who after 19 years passed away. I received quotes from several artists I found online, but only one really 'spoke' to me. I felt an immediate connection with the artist – Leanne Wildermuth!

    She took the time to learn about my cat, Elsie so she could make sure to paint her personality. The finished work was stunning – she kept me in the loop every step of the way. When I got the portrait home, I could have sworn I could have felt the textured fur – and the eyes… the eyes were so real.

    Since them, Leanne has painted all my 'fur kids' Kona the cat and Badger, Jambalaya and Taysia Blue my huskies.

    She's given me a wonderful keepsake for each of them that will be treasured always.

    Check out her work – my Kona's on her homepage!!! http://intricateart.com/

  6. Jackie Roach says:

    you really must check out Leanne Wildermuth's site and samples of her work. She originally completed a portrait of my cat that I had for 19 years. Since then, she's done the rest of my 'fur family'… one more cat and 3 huskies!

    She have an amazing ability to capture their spirit. She took the time to get to know each of them through my words.

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