Erica Eriksdotter holding two pet portraits of cats and a dog painting
Pet Portraits by Erica Eriksdotter2019-09-27T14:53:12-04:00


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Hi, I’m Erica!

I’m a Swedish-born, Washington D.C.-based painter specializing in pet portraits.

Since selling my first painting at the age of 10, I’ve had the honor of helping many customers all around the world add more meaning, culture and depth to their homes with portraits of their dogs and cats.

Some say a pet portrait is the perfect gift, and many are moved to tears when they unwrap the paintings, or see their loved ones open their thoughtful gift.

Customers trust me to come back for a second (or fifth!) within a couple of years.

Paintings of pets take 40-80 hours depending on the scope of work, and my process is easy for you.

I work off of your photos to create detailed paintings. We collaborate through out the process and you get to see behind-the-scenes photos as your painting comes alive in my studio.

Paintings ship worldwide for free and I offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If you’re interested, I’d love to hear more about your pet.


“OMG I love it. It brought tears to my eyes.” – L.M. of North Carolina
Read more than 80 heartfelt reviews
Pet portraits start at $1,755 USD




Click here for detailed process.


I paint your pet from your photos to create a detailed portrait.

A 50% deposit reserves your painting, with the remaining due once it’s finished.

Step-by-Step process takes 40-80 hours depending on the size.

Yes, I ship worldwide, for FREE!


It’s completely risk free as I offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If you’re not thrilled with your painting, you’ll get a swift and complete refund.

See FAQs for details.


I love hearing your stories about your pet as I’ll be spending lots of time with my new furry friend to capture every little detail and personality.

I’ll share the progress via photos and videos for you to enjoy.


The shape depends on the pose, and the background color should compliment and highlight your pet’s fur.

We’ll make these decisions together.


“I wish you could have seen my in-laws’ faces when they unwrapped Bella’s portrait!”

A.H. of Delaware
Gave her mother-in-law a portrait of her beloved dog as a birthday gift
Archie's Pet Portrait - original painting by Erica Eriksdotter of Studio Eriksdotter

“I can almost reach out and touch him. It looks just like him.”

K.B. of Virginia
Memorialized her cat, Archie, with a portrait after 18 years of friendship
Rosie's Pet Portrait - original painting by Erica Eriksdotter of Studio Eriksdotter

“Thank you Erica for everything. Your extraordinary talent and your extraordinary heart.”

M.S. of Maryland
Repeat customer who gave a portrait to her best friend as a surprise 50th birthday present

“It brought tears to my mother’s eyes. It feels so great to see her face opening the painting! Thank you Erica!”

R.D. of Virginia
Surprised her mom with a portrait of her dog for Christmas
A pet portrait of a Leonberger dog by Erica Eriksdotter

“It makes me smile and happy, rather than sad which happens when I look at photos. Erica’s heart comes through in her work and I feel it every time I look at Elsa.”

M.S. of Maryland
Repeat customer who commissioned portraits of her two dogs
Repeat customer

“This portrait means more to me than words can say. Thank you so much for capturing his essence and his joyful way in this painting.”

D.B. of Virginia
Surprised her husband with a portrait on his birthday

“Oh my gosh, I can’t quit looking at it. It’s so beautiful. There’s so much meaning behind this portrait. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with the world!”

M.T. of Virginia
Gave “Billy’s Portrait” to his mom as a surprise birthday present

Follow Along Every Step

I share photos, videos and even paint live throughout via instagram to bring you closer to the creative process as your pet comes to life. I share close ups of the brushstrokes, ‘before and after’ photos of sessions and fun real-life glimpses into the studio. Each pet has its own hashtag and instagram stories are saved. Some love to follow along, share the links with friends or after they give the painting as a gift, and others print them out as a bonus keepsake.


12×12″ / 11×14″

18×18″ / 16×20″

24×24″ / 22×28″

Prices start at $1,755

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In Memory

Many pet parents contact me for a pet memorial of their sweet dog or cat. It’s an honor to assist them in their grief.

Chris rescued his beloved dog, Canela, off of the streets of Mexico and brought her back home to Maryland. When she passed away, he wanted to pay tribute to the companion he had shared so many happy years with.

“You’ve captured the face that I know and love. I love the painting. It’s part of the shrine and I look at it all the time.”
– C.B. of Maryland

Pet portrait painting of by fine arts painter Erica Eriksdotter



Erica Eriksdotter fell hard for painting at an early age and sold her first painting as a 10 year old in Sweden where she was born and raised. It was a watercolor piece of a simple landscape with a red balloon floating in the air.

She’s a third-generation fine arts painter and continued to paint throughout her teens, finishing watercolor pieces while on the phone with her girlfriends or while traveling in Europe. To her, painting was an essential way of being.

After years of working with watercolors she applied the technique to acrylics – diluting every brushstroke with water for thin, thin layers, and she had found her style, and a new home outside of Washington D.C. at the age of 20.

She works the same way as the old masters, one brushstroke at a time, without any shortcuts. With their detailed and realistic look, pet portraits take 40-80 hours over a stretch of a few weeks but each finished painting is a culmination of Erica’s 30 years of dedication in the studio and the blend of her two cultures. She brings all this to every brushstroke. More, she brings her whole heart.

She lives in Reston, Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. with her college sweetheart (another creative), their three year old son, Mason, baby daughter, Elise, and their two cats, Rasmus and Lola, who often joins her in the studio.


“Thank you Erica for everything. Your extraordinary talent and your extraordinary heart. It’s been so amazing working with you and we look forward to commissioning our 4th painting with you.”

M.S. of Maryland

“You somehow are able to convey the ‘soul’ of the animal. Amazing. Simply amazing. You have a gift.”

P.B. of Indiana

“Erica does great work – she really captures the dogs’ expressions. And we like her personally. She’s great.”

S.K. of Virginia

“Erica is such a unique artist whose warmth and care goes in every individual project.”

M.S. of Maryland

“You’re first-class all the way!”

P.B. of Indiana
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R.M. of Virginia
Repeat customer who gave a portrait of their dog for her husband’s birthday
Pashy's Pet Portrait - original painting by Erica Eriksdotter of Studio Eriksdotter

“She loved it! It looks pretty realistic. Thank you, and I loved following along the process.”

G.M. of California
Gave a portrait of his girlfriend’s cat to her as a moving-in-present 
Ulysses' Pet Portrait - original painting by Erica Eriksdotter

“My husband absolutely loves the paintings! They look exactly like our cats. We’re beyond excited and thankful for your incredible work!”

E.H. of Virginia
Surprised her husband with portraits of their two cats for Christmas

“My husband loved it, and the boys were thrilled. It captured her :)”

S.H. of Pennsylvania
Repeat customer who, together with her boys, surprised her husband for Father’s Day


Can I give a pet portrait to my friend who just lost her pet?2018-05-01T16:27:38-04:00

Yes, absolutely. Giving a pet portrait to a friend who is mourning a lost pet is thoughtful and appreciated.  You can give a commission as a finished painting or as a gift certificate and the recipient can be part of the full process.

Can I give this as a gift?2018-05-18T14:39:20-04:00

Yes, and it’s fun and easy, and superthoughtful! They make for the perfect birthday, anniversary and holiday gift, or just because

You can either give the gift of a finished painting where you’re part of the full process from start to finish (you’ll need high resolution photos, decide on the canvas size and pay down payment to order), OR

You can give a gift certificate and let the recipient be part of the full process. The recipient will be responsible for the high resolution photos, decide on the background color and could also upgrade the size if they wish. You’re responsible for the downpayment and the final payment. The painting can be shipped (free) to either the customer or the recipient.

There is no right or wrong in giving a painting as a gift and it’s very popular among my customers. They often share the overwhelming response the painting receives, both from themselves seeing their loved ones open their surprise gift or the sincere surprise and raw gratitude from the recipient.

When should I commission a painting if I’m giving it as a gift?2018-05-18T14:39:11-04:00

If you want to give the gift of a finished painting, you need to make sure Erica’s calendar and wait list works in your favor. Fill out this form to learn more.

If you’re giving a gift certificate, you can order a commission at any time! The certificate will be emailed to you. Gift certificates are paid in full and based on the size of the canvas you’d like to give. The 100% satisfaction guarantee still applies with gift certificates.

What will I experience when commissioning Erica?2018-05-18T14:56:44-04:00

You’ll experience the unique process and joy of working with a fine arts painter who cares deeply about bringing your painting to life one brushstroke at a time, and who honors the significance of this beautiful and timeless keepsake. You’ll see the painting come alive as Erica shares photos and videos of her working on your painting, and first hand the dedication and love she pours into her work.

You’ll come away with a painting with more meaning, backstory, layers of culture, depth and generational mileage than maybe anything else in your home.

Many are brought to tears when unwrapping their painting or seeing their loved one open their surprise gift.

“I loved being able to see the progress as Erica worked on it and get some insight into the process. But photos don’t do it justice — opening the shipping box and seeing the finished piece in person was incredible.”

Will I work directly with Erica?2018-05-18T14:50:37-04:00

Yes! You’ll work with Erica from start to finish. As a third-generation painter, she’s a proud big-hearted creative and she enjoys communicating directly with her customers.

Can I order a commission outside of the U.S.?2018-05-18T14:48:45-04:00

Absolutely! Erica ships for FREE worldwide. Every painting is carefully wrapped, insured and shipped with U.S. Postal Office with confirmation and tracking number.

There may be a customs fee depending on your country that you’ll be responsible for. It’s your responsibility to understand your country’s customs fees and regulations.

If you want your painting to ship in a different way that exceeds Erica’s average shipping costs, you’ll be responsible for the difference in cost.

“It’s gorgeous! You are an amazing artist. Ordering the painting from Sweden was so easy. I’m in love! I can’t wait to hang it on my wall and look at it all day long!”

How are these paintings different from other portrait paintings?2018-05-18T14:42:21-04:00

Erica’s paintings are handmade and one-of-a-kind original paintings made with acrylics. They are painted the same way the old masters used to paint – one brushstroke at a time – in her home in Reston, Virginia. Modern and realistic, they take up to 50 hours to create.

Many customers comment on her extraordinary heart and how they can feel the love that went into the painting, and how amazing they feel when viewing their pieces.

Erica is a third-generation, self-taught painter, who was born and raised in Sweden before moving to the U.S. at age 20. She sold her first painting at age 10 and to say she’s passionate about her art is an understatement. To paint is to breath for her.

Her paintings have been mentioned in national press such as Martha Stewart Weddings, StyleMePretty, Bridal Guide and IHAVECAT. 

Will this process help me heal from the pain of losing my pet?2018-05-01T16:20:53-04:00

Personally, Erica’s experience of losing her childhood pet, a Yorkie named Lucas, was devastating. It’s a bond like none other and she was left with deep sadness and emptiness – something she still feels today, 20 years later.

Customers who’ve worked with Erica after losing their pets have shared how the process has helped them cope with the sorrow, and how having the portrait brings back fond memories for the whole family.

Here are a few words from customers who’ve commissioned Erica after losing their pets:

“It’s been great for the whole family to have it. My daughter was 10 months old when our cat passed away, and she still remembers her three years later. The portrait helps us to continue to remember her and keep her close to our hearts. It makes us smile every time we see it.”

– J.D. of ​​Georgia, a repeat customer

“I commissioned the portrait of my beautiful 3 year old Elsa right after we found out she had cancer and had less than a year with her. The painting hangs in our family room, right by my desk and it is seen by my family and me every day, several times a day. It brings me so much happiness, so much more than I would ever realize because it makes me smile and happy, rather than sad which happens when I sometimes look at photos. Erica’s heart comes through in her work and I feel it every time I look at Elsa.”

– M.S. of Maryland, a repeat customer

Do I need to wait before my pet dies before commissioning a portrait?2018-05-01T16:33:13-04:00

Commissioning a pet portrait is popular no matter in which life stage a pet is in. More than half of Erica’s pet commissions are of healthy pets.

Some customers have mentioned how meaningful it was to already have a pet portrait of their fur baby as they were transitioning to heaven. Others have found immense healing during the process of being part of the creative process of watching the painting come alive after their fur baby has passed on. 

It really is an individual choice.

What do I need to order a commission?2018-05-18T14:41:36-04:00

You need to have good photos, preferably high resolution digital photos, and decide on the size of the canvas you want. You also need to pay the down-payment to book your painting.

Can I have more than one animal in a portrait?2018-05-01T16:57:31-04:00

Erica strongly believe that each pet should be honored with its own painting. Many customers order 2 or more pets at the same time to be worked on at the same time in the studio to ensure they compliment each other.

What’s Erica’s painting process like?2018-05-18T14:50:32-04:00

Erica fell hard for painting at an early age and sold her first painting at the age of 10. It was a small watercolor piece of a delicate landscape with a red balloon floating in the air.

She later applied what she’d learned from working with watercolors for many years to acrylic, diluting every brushstroke with water for thin thin layers, and she had found her style.

Many trials and errors later, failures and successes, art shows up and down the East Coast, blending her Swedish and U.S. cultures, 70+ commissions worldwide, and many tears and lots of joy – she brings all this to every brushstroke. She brings all her experience and dedication to her art. More, she brings her whole heart.

Each painting starts with a pencil sketch directly on the canvas before each thin layer is applied. Typically, she paints the eyes of a pet first to bring the pet to life to keep her company while the rest is unveiled. For bridal bouquets she starts with one kind of flower first.

“Thank you Erica for everything. Your extraordinary talent and your extraordinary heart. It’s been so amazing working with you and we look forward to [commissioning our 4th painting with you]”

Where does Erica paint?2018-05-18T14:50:24-04:00

Erica works out of her studio in Reston, Virginia which is located outside of Washington, D.C., USA. She loves being able to pop into the studio at any hour of the day. Her two cats, Rasmus and Lola, often keeps her company, and her 2 year old son has been playing with her brushes since the day he was born.

What materials does Erica use?2018-05-18T14:50:17-04:00

All canvases are cotton duck of archival quality, primed with acid-free titanium acrylic gesso, and gallery wrapped 1,5 inch deep wood frame. She paints with heavy and light body acrylic paint and uses Golden and Liquitex brands.

Her brushes are selected by ‘feel,’ not after brand and she has mason jars full of short brushes. She sketches with either her Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 pencil she bought over 20 years ago in Sweden, or a simple No. 2 pen.

When she uses watercolors, she still paints with her first Winsor & Newton paint box from 30 years ago.

How long does a painting take?2018-05-18T14:50:10-04:00

Depending on the quality of the photos and the size of the canvas, paintings range from 20 to 50 hours.

However, each finished painting is a culmination of the 30 years of dedication in the studio, of never giving up, trial and errors, failures and successes, tears and lots of joy, conversations with customers all over the world, the blend of Swedish and U.S. cultures, the passion to create art and the practice of letting the art flow from her heart.

Where else can I learn about Erica’s creative process?2018-05-18T15:02:09-04:00

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Where can I see more behind-the-scenes of the painting process?2018-05-18T15:06:54-04:00

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When you commission Erica she’ll share photos and videos along the process with you via email, and every commission has its own hashtag on her instagram account. You can view older blog posts as well.

Do you offer discount?2018-05-18T15:10:14-04:00

Erica’s commissions are never discounted, however, join the studio tribe below for surprises and specials on her modern art

Do you offer a guarantee?2018-05-18T14:48:54-04:00

Yes! Erica offers a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. Here’s how it works:

  • Be an active collaborator during the process regarding shape of canvas, pose of the animal, fur color, flower colors and position, background color and provide feedback on the photos Erica shares with you of the painting during the process.
  • If you are not happy with the final painting, Erica will work together to see if she can revise the portrait. If you’re still not happy after the changes, there will be a swift and complete refund.
  • The deadline to receive 100% money-back is the day of your final payment. This deadline exists because Erica wants you to have a full chance to be involved in the process and see the finished painting before you change your mind. She devotes hours and hours of time and effort into your painting and she wants to make sure you’re happy, but that you’re also committed to your commission.
  • After the refund, the original painting and any photos of it (finished or unfinished) belongs to Studio Eriksdotter, LLC.

NOTE: An original acrylic painting is not meant to be an exact replica of the animal. While I do my best during the up to 40 hours of painting to create a close likeness to the animal and capture its personality, a painting is not a photograph and does include some creative licenses by the artist.

What types of payment do you accept?2018-05-18T14:42:29-04:00

Erica uses Paypal to invoice you via email the down-payment and the final payment. You can pay via Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card or a debit card that displays the Visa or MasterCard logo.

Please contact Erica to discuss paying with a check.

Who is right for Erica’s commissions?2018-05-18T15:22:02-04:00

Erica’s art is for those who wants to be part of a unique and meaningful experience that will be treasured for a lifetime. With nearly 100 commissions, many of her customers return for more art pieces for themselves or to give as a gift.

It’s for extremely thoughtful husbands and wives, sisters, daughters, in-laws, future brides, best friends, boyfriends and girlfriends, children and parents who wants to give a unique and meaningful to a special someone. These make for the perfect birthday, anniversary and holiday gifts. Many speak of the overwhelming emotions of receiving or giving a painting.

Who is not right for Erica’s commissions?2018-05-18T15:30:25-04:00

Erica always has a wait list so her commissions are not for those who need a finished painting right away. Erica takes a lot of care into her paintings and each takes 20-50 hours over a stretch of a couple of weeks to paint. That said, she does have gift certificate available for those who love Erica’s work and need a great gift.

Erica’s work is also not right for those who prefer mass-produced products and don’t value the handmade process or the unique experience of creating something with a fine arts painter. 

Ordering a commission from Erica is also not right if you don’t enjoy her style. 

Do I need to know anything about art to work with Erica?2018-05-18T15:32:27-04:00

All you need to know is your desire to create something special and have some faith. Commissioning art takes guts, especially since you can’t point at a finished painting and say “that’s the one I want.” As long as you’ve looked at the finished pieces of works I already have of pet portraits and bridal bouquet, you see what you like and you have great photos of your pet or wedding bouquet – you’re all set. Remember, fill out this form to get a free consultation, and there’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee. What do you have to lose? 

Is Erica’s commissions just for women?2018-05-18T15:33:26-04:00

No, not at all. Both men and women pretty equally commission Erica to be part of their special memories, either as a gift or to keep for themselves. 


Erica’s Bridal Bouquet Paintings

Erica’s bridal bouquet paintings have been mentioned in Martha Stewart Wedding’s, Bridal Guide and other national press as a creative way to preserve the wedding bouquet. A loving and thoughtful gift for that milestone anniversary.