Pet Portraits from Photos by Maggie Hurley
I absolutely love painting pet portraits. They're an excellent way to treasure your beloved furry friend. Because pets tend to be squirmy, I work from photos that you happen to be especially fond of.
Words from a happy customer:
“I just want to let you know that my family loves the portrait you did of Jazz. You absolutely captured her quirky personality.”
– Michael J., Oakland, CA
We chat about what you’re looking for – this is a good time to email me a selection of photos that you’re considering and we decide what will work well as a painting. The conversation then turns to specifics: time frame, size, preferred medium, etc.
I’m happy to play with backgrounds, lighting, or just about any other way to spruce up a snapshot that you would otherwise love. I’ll send you a digital sketch prior to starting the painting.
Small portraits normally take about a month to 2 months to complete, larger paintings take approximately 2 -6 months depending on complexity and my current schedule.
Paintings start at $300 and go up based on size and number of pets.
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How do you serve precious pets?
- Pet Portraits
What part of the animal kingdom do you serve?
- Guinea Pigs
What licensing do you have?
- Business License
On a scale of snail to elephant, what size animals do you work with?
- under 20 lbs
- 20-39 lbs
- 40-79 lbs
- 80+ lbs
Cat-astrophes happen! What is your cancellation policy?
- No refunds
Without pet parents, Petmasters wouldn't exist. What discount do you offer our dedicated members? (e.g. 20% off their first session, etc.)
Which part of the country do you serve pets?
I'm based in the Bay Area (California) but am happy to work with people across the globe.
What year did you begin serving pets?
How did you hone your craft?
Armed with my grandmother’s artistic proclivities, a stack of Brian Froud books, and some watercolors, I taught myself to paint when I was a kid. I spent a year and a half at an art school in Southern California (the Laguna College of Art & Design), which I adored, and have continued honing my skills ever since.
What tip would you give pet parents for working with animals that you've learned as a pro?
You can never have enough patience.
What is one thing you want pet parents to know about you? It can be whatev-fur you'd like!
I donate a portion of my sales to organizations helping support wildlife and the environment, from Audubon, to WildAid, to the Ocean Foundation. So when you buy a piece of art from me, not only will you get something delightful to look at, or give as a gift, you’ll also be contributing to some really excellent causes.