I have done pet portraits in my spare time for many years, favoring chalk and oil pastels. Over the past year I transitioned to the digital medium. I use computers for work and freelance all the time, so one day it finally dawned on me to change the way I do portraits, which is incredibly time consuming and often difficult to fit in to my schedule as a Mom with a full time job.
As soon as I began experimenting in Photoshop, something just clicked. I have always gone for a realistic style while trying to use a lot of color and play with lights and shadows at the same time. Starting with a photo, software allows me to do all those things, and to bring out the expression of the subject in a romantic, humanized way without losing that element of realism.