Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Pet Portraits

Ok, let’s talk about pet portraits. Personally, I have a wall in my home dedicated to various artistic renderings of my dog, Cosmo. I know I “subtly” send my partner links to amazing pet portrait artists. So here’s my breakdown of my favorite ones for your own not-so-subtle Valentine.


Before I jump in, here’s a tip: if your Valentine is picky, book the artist, and then let your Valentine pick the photo for the artist to recreate. Ready to dive in? Here we go!



Dani Ives

THIS IS EMBROIDERY!! The detail is downright stunning.



Cindy McDonough

I’m a sucker for watercolor #swoon



Nina Chidichimo

Beautiful ink drawings



Andrea Cáceres

These are so much fun!




Olivia Cody

I love Olivia’s work so much, I commissioned her to do a special portrait of Cosmo in outer space! Charcoal is one of my favorite mediums, and she is seriously skilled.



Wild Masterpieces

Does your Valentine have a good sense of humor? Maybe Wild Masterpieces is more their style. At the very least, follow Wild Masterpieces on Instagram. It will make your day!


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Hi there everybody!! I hope you’re having a very pleasant Thursday. To make things all the more pleasant, I’d like to introduce you all to Phineas. There are oh so many things I could say about this find fella, but let’s start with a bit of his story. Phineas has cerebellar hypoplasia. This means that the part of his brain that tells his body how to coordinate his movement doesn’t work quite like it should. He was cared for early on by @fosterkittys, who was able to give him the attention he needed to learn how to thrive as a special cat. When he was little, not having control of his movements could make it difficult to get enough food, so he needed some extra care. But luckily, the condition doesn’t cause him any pain, and he’s learned how to get around in his own way. Here’s a simple lesson brought to you by Phineas himself. You see first, you gotta stabilize that their swaying by spreading your paws out a bit, but not too wide, cause then you’ll fall over. Don’t want that. Also, when you need to get up next to your human when they’re on one of their cushioned thrones, use your claws to hang on as you climb, you don’t want to lose your footing. But try not to claw onto the humans, because don’t seem to like that. Roger that Phineas. This guy has managed to build quite the life for himself. He enjoys spending time with his siblings, and spending time cuddling with his humans. What a fine fella. If you’d like to learn more about Phineas, head on over to @orangeisthenewblackandtan to say hello and send your love. Know anyone who might need some Phineas in their lives? Tag them down in the comments below! Have a great day everyone!! . . . . . #adoptdontshop #dailykitten #instacat_meows #pleasantcats #ellenratemycat #catsofinstagram #catsofinsta #petportrait #worldofcutepets #petsofinsta #specialneeds #catsofworld #digitalartist #landscape_lover #natureart #wildmasterpieces

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Emily LeMoine

Every painting of hers makes me squee. She makes everyone look so cute!




Elizabeth Reid

If oil paintings are more your style, check out Elizabeth Reid’s work:


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Cooper, oil on paper, 8×10 🦴⠀ ⠀ If you aren't following @coopertakesbrooklyn, I don't know what you're doing with your life. She is one of the best dogs on Instagram. I have spent a LOT of time watching stories of her napping while the Roomba roams around the house. (Yes, that's probably as creepy as it sounds.) Her humans take such good care of her, and it's so much fun to watch all her training. Plus I think she eats better than I do.⠀ ⠀ She's so stylish, I had to include a bandana and her fancy-pants bowl in the painting. She has the most beautiful eyes ever, and I really had no idea if I'd be able to paint them. I used a very tiny paint brush and didn't realize I was holding my breath until the end. Phew!⠀ ⠀ *⠀ ⠀ #dogsofinstagram #blackdogsofinstagram #instadog #blackdog #doglover #blackdogsrule #blackmutt #rescuedog #rescuepetsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #timelapseart #satisfyingvideos #rescuedogs #dogportrait #dogportraittattoo #giftsfordoglovers #dogpainting #dogpaintingsofinstagram #handmadeisbetter #handmadegiftsarethebest #christmasgiftideas #giftideasforher #giftideasforhim #painting🎨 #dogart #dogartist #dogartwork #blackdogsrock #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #muttsofinstagram

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Stephen John Edwards

If you want a full on above-the-mantle type oil masterpiece check out Stephen John Edwards.




Ben Lenovitz

I’m a big fan of these goofy portraits!


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Hershey’s kisses smell like dog breath

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Michele Cahill

Finally, if you want to paint a masterpiece yourself, check out Michele Cahill’s events. You send her a photo a week before, and she traces your dog. Then you come to her event and she guides you through the process.



Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Go forth and impress your Valentine by booking with one of these artists!




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Steph Wasser

Steph has lived in NYC for 7 years, and knows all the best neighborhoods for dog watching. Currently, she's a mom to 15 plants and one sweet dog. She firmly believes there is nothing better in life than a wet snout.

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