Pet Portraits by Sheila Foster

Sheila and Friends M y art training began when I attended Parsons School of Design in New York City, many years ago. It was there that I studied watercolor rendering of rooms, wood and fabric. While living in New York I met my future husband Jack, we married and moved to Montreal. Time flew as I raised five children. We moved to Vermont in the mid 60's. It was on a trip to Maine that I was struck with the urge to paint a lobster that we had bought for dinner. The colors were so wonderful that I had to see if I could capture them. The painting was called I 8 it. It still hangs in our kitchen as a reminder of how my life was about to change. I have continued my education by taking workshops with well known artists such as Zoltan Szabo. One of these workshops was held in St. Abbs Scotland, what a great excuse for a trip to Scotland!!

G etting to know my subject is the most important step in creating a portrait. All my portraits are done from photographs and whenever possible I like to take those photos myself so I can get to know who it is I will be painting. Although I realize that this is not always possible so I have added a page of tips on taking photos of your pet for a portrait. Many of my portraits are done long after a beloved pet has passed away. Often from a single photo and a lot of questions about their character, color and believe it or not... ears. Nothing is impossible.

A few years ago I was among the 35 accepted to compete in 11th Annual Dog Fanciers Club Competition In New York City. Held at the famous Sardi's Restaurant, it was a great afternoon for me to be in a room with so many talented animal artists. Happily my painting Me & My Friends won Best in the Watercolor and Gouaghe Categories. To see the article that appeared in their magazine click here.

In Memory of Samantha




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Manchester Center VT 05255


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Commissioned Pet Portraits