A client describes how a painted portrait differs from a photograph...

You might ask yourself why have a portrait painted of your sweet fur companion when you have so many excellent photographs? I will let one of my clients who actually won a free pet portrait painted by me, tell you why a painted portrait is special, in fact, better than a photograph. (First published in July 2020).

"It really feels now that having this portrait of Trudy will be like she's coming home again.

We have pictures but the movement of your brush strokes have brought back a vitality and character to her we knew and loved. There's been a space on our wall facing the backyard that I know she would love to be at looking out at her garden and birds.”

Free portrait of Trudy
Trudy's portrait. Acrylic on 9 x 12 watercolour paper.


The couple sent me a photograph of Trudy's portrait, now in a white matte and frame, placed on the fireplace mantle of their family room, overlooking her favourite spot in the garden.

Trudy’s story as told by her owner.

“Trudy had a natural, gentle kindness; she loved life and everyone and everything in it. She went everywhere with us and became the mascot for our many races and triathlons. Trudy brought joy and support to us and anyone passing by.

Reference photo for portrait
Second reference photo used for Trudy's portrait.

We adopted Trudy from the Humane Society. Serendipitously, she had just come up for adoption the exact hour we arrived. Trudy came home and immediately fit in with our other rescued cats. We like to think they spent those first days together, sharing their stories.

Trudy never barked. She mostly rested her head on our lap and would often spontaneously run up and down our hallway to greet us. We were very fortunate to have her in our life.

Sweet Trudy passed away at home in our arms, surrounded by her kitty pals. During some challenging times she gave us unconditional loving support and this portrait will commemorate our sweet special friend.

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Reference photos of Cocker Spaniel
Reference photos of Cocker Spaniel.


I have been painting pet portraits for 5 years now. Many of my clients are repeat customers who have had all their pets painted by me over the years. In some cases, the portraits are gifts for adult children such as Axl was for a Toronto couple. Another pet portrait was offered as a graduation gift from high school for a granddaughter who misses her sweet beagle named Daisy. This memorial portrait was painted on a 7 x 9" slice of basswood.

There are many occasions when a pet portrait is truly a memorable, one-of-a-kind gift for the recipient, sure to be treasured for many years.

You can also read testimonials from numerous clients on my website.

Finally, if you would like to check my price list, it is also available on my website.

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Pet portrait Boo by Louise Primeau
Boo - final portrait.

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