Watch Your Pet Portrait As It's Painted!

Freddie and Brewster - Dog Pet Portrait

Aloha from Maui!

I thought you might like to see how I create my pet portraits. Not only will you or a loved one receive a custom portrait of your pets, you'll get to take an active part in the creative process and receive progress photos along the way. That way you can rest assured that you are getting the custom portrait you want, plus it's tons of fun to see the painting created from start to finish.

I can paint any kind of animal in any stage of its life. I have also had the honor of painting a number of memorial portraits. Any pet portrait will carry beautiful memories that last a lifetime.

STAGE 1:  You send me an adorable photo and I immediately fall in love with your pet. Here's a great example. May I introduce Freddie the Border Collie and Brewster the Dachshund...

STAGE 2:  We talk about any possible design changes. In this case, I combined two photos into one portrait. Then I make a sketch and send it to you for approval. If it looks good to you, I start painting. If  I need to make a few alterations, I do that then begin applying paint to paper. Here's the sketch which did include some design enhancements.

STAGE 3:  I always start painting the eyes and work until I have captured your pet's essence. Only then do I continue painting the rest of the portrait. From that point on I'm in sync with your animal, and I feel like its spirit guides my hand to the completion of the portrait. This is really fun! Here are the next two photos of the portrait in progress.

STAGE 4:  You and I are communicating all along the way as the animals are coming to life on the paper. You let me know what colors you prefer and what details you'd like in the background. Are your pets pictured in their favorite play area? Do they have cherished toys? I can include all of this in order to tell their wonderful story.


STAGE 5: Now for the background and the rest of Freddie and Brewster's bodies. Isn't it entertaining to watch the portrait take on more and more personality?
STAGE 6:  I finish the portrait and send you a final photo. Then I wrap it and ship it to you via FedEx or UPS. If you like, I can also have it matted and framed for you and ship it ready to hang on your wall. Many clients giving the portrait as a gift prefer this extra service.
Each portrait takes about a week or so to complete, but I do have a waiting list - that just keeps growing - so the sooner you give me the green light the better. I can't wait to meet your precious companions.
purr purr! woof woof!
Brenda Kennerly
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Three Ways to Have an Animal Portrait


Now There Are 3 New Ways to Have Animal Paintings

1. Custom Portraits of Your Pets: Email favorite photos of your pets and I can capture their likeness and essence in a custom portrait. We co-create these portraits together with specific details that tell a wonderful story of your furry friends. If you have lovable mixed breed mutts, this is the only way to capture their light.  

* Life Stages Series - as a kitten/puppy, adolescent, and adult animal
* Comprehensive - several representative poses of one animal
* Funny Poses - favorite hilarious moments
* Group Portrait - more than one pet grouped together
* Memorials - captured forever and never forgotten
* Names - include the name of your pet in the portrait
2. Breed Specific Portraits: Paintings of your cherished breeds of dogs, cats and other animals. I take requests. If you don't see your favorite breeds, ask me about them.
3. Pet Pals: Irresistable images I just had to paint because they were so adorable!

My Gift to You: Spread the word! On Maui we use the coconut wireless. Refer a friend to me who orders a portrait, and I will happily write you a thank you check for $50!

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Pricing Information for Pet Portraits

BRODY the Bernese Mountain Dog

Here is some pricing information for my custom portraits of your beloved animal companions. These watercolor portraits start at $595 for a single animal. The final price is determined by the following factors and your personal preferences:

 1. Size of the painting - smallest is 10 X 12, largest is 30 X 40, any size in between that works for you is possible

 2. Number of animals - I can always group together several animals from separate photos

 3. Amount of animal in the portrait - head and chest or full animal or something in between

 4. Background - simple color to complex details, objects or scenes

 5. Breed of animal (I paint all kinds of animals from dogs to marine iguanas!)

 6. Name added - I can add the pet's name on a tag or paint it in somewhere in the portrait

 7. Clarity and size of photos - how easy or challenging is it for me to see your pet clearly?


I have over 75 portraits featured on my website with prices and sizes listed. You can always get a ball park idea by having a peek there. Or feel free to email a photo of your pet to me along with some design ideas. I'll be happy to consult with you and give you a firm quote and size options for your portrait. You'll be under no obligation at all if you choose to send me a photo, and I hope we can at least discuss the possibilities for what you desire. With my custom work, we stay in close communication so there are never any surprises. Please feel free to ask me any other questions.

Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much)!
Brenda Kennerly

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Watercolor Portraits of Your Pets



I love my work! I get to fall in love every day with a new dog, cat, horse, bird or ... yes, even pigs! Send me your favorite photos via email of any kind of animal and I will work faithfully to capture its essence and likeness in a custom watercolor portrait.  "Guidelines for How to Take Photos for a Portrait" is available if you need it.


I can paint each pet singly or grouped together in one painting. Don't worry if you don't have one photo containing all your sweet companions, I can place them together using separate photos. The cost depends upon several choices that you make. See my blog "Pricing Information for Pet Portraits".


The most important part for you to know is that I'll photograph each stage (from the first pencil sketch to various stages in-between) and email them to you so that you get to approve them all along the way. It's like looking over my shoulder while I paint. It's so much fun to include you in the process and you can rest assured that you are getting a truly custom portrait.


These portraits make incredibly thoughtful gifts. Whether you have a new addition to the family or want to memorialize a departed pet, a custom portrait is something extraordinary that will last a lifetime for a loved one. You can choose to include the recipient in the co-creative process or surprise them with a completed portrait. I can even frame it for you so that your loved one can take it from the box and hang it on the wall!


A gift for you ...

Much of my business has spread through word of mouth (or the 'coconut wireless' as we call it here in Hawaii) from happy clients like you. If I receive a commission and sale from someone you refer, for a pet portrait or anything on my website, I will send you a thank you check or give you a discount on the art piece of your choice. It's that simple and fun!


Click here to go directly to see some of my pet portraits.

Check back often! I continually add new portraits, paintings, and silk creations to my site.


Mahalo nui loa...mah hah' loh noo'(w)ee loh'(w)ah ... which means, In Hawaiian, Thank You Very Much!


Brenda Kennerly

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