Local Artist Paints Pet Portraits

Local artist, Jill Welsh, didn’t let the opinion of a high school art teacher get her down, instead she picked up her paint brush and started a business.

“I always loved it so, it wasn’t until my 40s that i picked it up again and started to take classes and be trained, it turns out I actually did have a talent and so now I have been painting for about 20 years,” said Jill Welsh.

It was a painting she did of her Cardigan Corgi, Rocket, who had passed away, that sparked the idea for The Painted Pet Studio. When friends and family requested their own pet portraits she knew she had something special.

“I did not seek to start a pet portrait business- it came organically, after that portrait,” said Welsh.

Because animals tend to not sit still, Welsh works from a series of pictures, to get the personality of your pet transitioned from film to canvas.

“I ask that people send me between 5 and 8 pictures. I had someone send me fifty, which was really nice because I can get different aspects of the animal. I choose one pose but get info from all of the pictures,” Jill said.

Rocket, the Cardigan Corgi who started it all is still Welsh’s favorite painting – however, they all hold a special place in her heart.

“I kind of feel like they are my babies, I really get to know these animals by painting them so I really take away their personality and you know it’ll stay with me,” said Welsh.

Jill is currently working on a series of licensed pet portraits which can be made into anything from posters to Post –Its, but still paints landscapes and other subjects just for fun.

“I am actually a very versatile artist who happens to love animals, I just kind of fell into a business that happens to be very rewarding,” Jill says.

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