Pet Portrait Art - Mary Jill Lemieur Designs - Petoskey, MI
Heartwarming pet portraits which capture the spirit, individuality and true likeness of your pets!
Imagine your precious pet's expression, likeness and personality captured in a unique and eye-catching work of art! I create portraits in acrylic, watercolor and hand painted digital media. Working from your ideas and photos, I'll create a detailed, realistic and unique painting which you'll treasure! My mixed media digital painting approach combines the best aspects of traditional painting (oil, pastels or acrylics) and digital freehand painting with a stylus and drawing tablet to achieve an elegant portrait with a very realistic likeness. I spend a great deal of time painting each portrait, working through several different stages to showcase all the precious details of the subject! You will be a part of the creative process as I send photos of the work in progress and have you weigh in on the details!
Please click on the images to see the see how my painting technique shows loads of luscious brush strokes, dimension, careful detail and gorgeous colors! I'm an award winning professionally trained artist with over 35 years of painting and illustration experience. Capturing your pet's personality and likeness is my most important work as an artist! I love to learn about my subjects and honor pets' stories and memory, not just paint an image of them. I would love to create an amazing portrait for you, message me for a quote!
1. I'll help you CHOOSE YOUR MEDIUM, SIZE AND CHOICE OF PAPER OR STRETCHED CANVAS:
Hand painted mixed media digital portraits on museum quality watercolor PAPER (archival giclee) will require mats and glass when framed. The archival canvas portraits are stretched and ready to frame. Larger sized paintings will show off the animal's details more clearly, but I'm an accomplished miniature artist, so even if you choose a small size it will look great! The larger the portrait size you choose, the more detail can be included. 8" x 10" size and smaller are recommended for small pets, or just a head and shoulder view. Consider your pet's size when choosing your size....these are stunning when the pets are depicted life size or larger!
2. CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOS:
My portraits are highly custom paintings, and include custom backgrounds or color schemes. I am used to working with several photos for reference, so I don't need perfect photos. Send some jpeg photos of your pet and tell me about his personality!
3. THE INTERACTIVE PAINTING PROCESS...
Once the order is placed, I’ll create layout sketches which will help you to visualize and choose your final composition. As I paint your pet, I'll include you in the creative process by sending images of the work in progress. Working together this way, we’ll make sure that all the details (composition, personality, eye and fur color, etc.) are perfect! It’s fun to see your portrait come to life!
4. DELIVERING YOUR ART!
When the painting is finished and approved, I’ll carefully package, insure and ship it to you!
ABOUT THE ARTIST: I’m Mary Jill Lemieur, a full-time artist residing in beautiful northern Michigan. I've been doodling, drawing and painting since I was two. As a child I was influenced by the miniatures and animal illustrations of Beatrix Potter, the whimsical art of Paul Klee, Marc Chagall and the wild sixties colors of Peter Max. After earning my BFA (graphic design and multi-disciplinary fine arts) at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan I worked as a graphic designer for more than a decade, before embracing fine art and illustration. Although my work has been exhibited in solo shows, group shows and galleries, I've found my true niche in commissioned work. I've painted hundreds of highly realistic portraits of people, places, animals and beloved pets. These commissions are my most challenging and important work: creating treasured art which has an emotional impact as well as one of beauty.
My paintings are created with watercolor, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, and stunningly life like hand-painted digital media on paper and canvas.
I've illustrated a children's book called Pinky and the Green Bean Can Do Club written by Gene B. Symmonds. Currently I'm creating characters for a new kids' book series which is all about creativity and pets - two favorite subjects of mine! It's great fun collaborating with the authors to bring the stories and characters to life!
Finally, I enjoy being a visual artist-in-residence for MMA (Michigan Arts Access) where I work with schools, integrating visual arts into the core curricula for students with disabilities. Our residencies explore the unlimited possibilities that art provides - with access to everyone. In my residencies I also guide students into an ongoing arts practice.
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How do you serve precious pets?
- Pet Portraits
What part of the animal kingdom do you serve?
- Guinea Pigs
On a scale of snail to elephant, what size animals do you work with?
- 20-39 lbs
- 40-79 lbs
- 80+ lbs
- under 20 lbs
Cat-astrophes happen! What is your cancellation policy?
Without pet parents, Petworks wouldn't exist. What discount do you offer our dedicated members? (e.g. 20% off their first session, etc.)
I don't generally discount my work, but will donate 10% to the Humane Society
Which part of the country do you serve pets?
I'm based in Michigan, but have painted pets from almost every state!
What year did you begin serving pets?
How did you hone your craft?
I have always drawn and painted, and pursued and art degree (graphic design and art). I continuously to take workshops and lessons to improve my drawing, painting and digital skills.s to
What tip would you give pet parents for working with animals that you've learned as a pro?
Pay lots of attention to your pets!
What is one thing you want pet parents to know about you? It can be whatev-fur you'd like!
In my life I have had pet turtles, sea monkeys, tropical fish, snails, a Siberian Husky named Cinnamin, a tabby named Bridges and currently two fun rescued tuxedo cats named Siui and Quinivere. I have painted thousands of different animals and pets! Each piece of art is unique and captures the spirit, personality and true likeness of each pet. I work on each portrait for hours and add loads of detail. I can work from one photo or dozens of photos, even old or poor quality photos.