watercolors by marla

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How do you serve precious pets?

  • Pet Portraits

What part of the animal kingdom do you serve?

  • Alpacas
  • Birds
  • Cats
  • Chickens
  • Chinchillas
  • Dogs
  • Ducks
  • Ferrets
  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Gerbils
  • Goats
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Hedgehogs
  • Horses
  • Lizards
  • Mice
  • Parrots
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Snakes
  • Turtles

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?

  • Flexible

Without pet parents, Petmasters wouldn't exist. What discount do you offer our dedicated members? (e.g. 20% off their first session, etc.)

$10 off first painting

Which part of the country do you serve pets?

Anywhere USPS ships

What year did you begin serving pets?

2009

How did you hone your craft?

For over 15 years, I had enjoyed painting landscapes and florals. My sister posted a picture of her Cockapoo in a meadow of daisies, so I took a crack at it. It turned out so well, I painted another of my in-laws dog, then my own, then my neighbor and so on. It seems I had found my niche and since have painted cats, goats, cows, horses and humans too.

What tip would you give pet parents for working with animals that you've learned as a pro?

The best photo resources are at eye level to the pet to make sure the body is in perspective to the head. Lighting is important too. Natural light is best, with no flash (sunlight at a window is great). Having the light source from the side, putting one side of the face in shadow really gives depth and keeps a painting from feeling flat.

What is one thing you want pet parents to know about you? It can be whatev-fur you'd like!

I love animals, and understand how they are part of the family. What I enjoy most about painting animals is really seeing their personalities shine through in their eyes - and translating that into a painting.