Considering portrait painters, pleasing the beholder is their challenge as well as being able to fix a typical posture on a canvas and other details that capture the subject and brings it to life even if it needs the tiniest of brush strokes. According to her clients, one female portraitist has the ability of bringing her subjects to life. This is regardless of how her portfolio consists of sensitive, moody, aristocratic, happy, relaxed, and alert faces which are not human ones.
What she specializes in is animal portraiture especially dogs, cats, and horses, but what she wants is to try painting other kinds of animals. When she works, it is usually in the studio in this tall and slender woman's home located in the Maplewood section of the borough. It was five years ago when she thought about combining her love for art and animals.
What she used to do was only paint the heads of the animals but now she has begun painting the entire animal and she has a new project involving a horse running across a field. What makes for interesting compositions are they considering how she has made more than two of them even if a typical portrait is of a single animal. Most of the time, she is asked by her clients to paint more than one of her pets after they learn of what she can do from other clients.
One woman commissioned a portrait of each of her three wolfhounds. Just like people, everyone is different. She makes it a point to bring her camera, portfolio, and business cards to dog and horse shows. It is in animal portraiture wherein you do not have a model that will hold still and pose for you and so it is necessary to have a knowledgeable use of a camera. She usually shoots one or two rolls of film of each subject, and paints from the photographs. In order to see the true color of its coat and to perceive its character, she finds it necessary to spend time with the animal and handle it if possible.
Another thing she finds important is being able to determine how well the relationship is between the animal and its owner. She combines her personal view of the animal with theirs and captures it as closely as possible. The expression in the eyes is a key feature that conveys the personality of the animal in a portrait and the conformation of the animal also must be portrayed accurately.
Especially with show animals, the conformation is very important. It is important that you have knowledge of the correct conformation other than knowing a lot of animals. Possible to gain from animal portraiture is much satisfaction. The reason why he was not able to stop chuckling and shaking his head at the unveiling was because he was pleased.
Many people commission portraits of their own beloved pets and many others order them as gifts for other animal lovers. When the animal has died, experts have mentioned how the owners hold on to the portraits as special keepsake. If the pictures are good enough, artists can make portraits like these from photographs alone and she herself has been able to paint the portrait of a deceased pet in the past.
Everything from oils to pastels and pencil are what she uses. One project at a time is the way she works. There is no specific time frame given for she knows that it is never good for artists to be under pressure. In a month, she can do one or two portraits. She tries to paint everyday but she does give herself a break during the weekends and since she is familiar with how exhausting painting can be for a painter she does take a break after finishing each painting.