The most important element of portraiture is capturing the essence of the subject. My goal is to bring out in a drawing or painting the qualities that best represent a beloved pet. With skills learned during my B.F.A. studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and knowledge gained through trial and error over the years, I approach each commission the same way. I gain an understanding of the animal through conversation with the owner and through examination of as many photographs as possible. With a living animal, I meet him/ her and take my own photographs. Once I get a sense of the fur-friend, I can start.
For many people a portrait comes after a loss. The painted or drawn image offers a traditional, timeless reminder of that friendship. Because many portraits are given as gifts, and there could be a month between the giving of the gift and the actual presentation of the drawing or painting, an additional service is possible of a 'gift certificate' which includes a small sketch of the subject. The small sketch allows the gift giver to have something tangible to offer before the portrait is done.
Portraits range in price depending on size, media and complexity. Let me know what you want and I can better assess the price.
Victoria Hollingum, 2014