My name is Erica and I paint realistic custom portraits of dogs and cats that grief counselors say help my customers work through losing a pet. My art has been featured wildly in the press including Washington Post, My Modern Met and on national and global television.
I grew up in Sweden as the youngest of three daughters and with a beloved yorkshire terrier named Lucas. I sold my first painting at age 10 but it was the heartache of losing my dog in my teens that kept me away from painting animals for a long time. Instead, I painted large statement pieces and participated in National Juried Art Shows up and down the East Coast. Until one day, a stray cat showed up at my doorstep.
My fascination with her gorgeous eyes had me in the studio soon enough asking my customers and followers: could I possible practice painting pets by using photos of their beloved animals? I was flooded with photos. (For those wondering, yes we rescued the cat and she’s often on my lap in the studio while I paint my commissioned pet portraits).
One of the keys to painting animals is to paint the eyes full of soul, the fur as lifelike as if you could touch it and to capture the true essence of the animal.
I had avoided painting animals for a long time because I knew the heartache I’d feel if I couldn’t get the essence and character just right. What if I painted my darling Lucas, or someone else’s ‘darling Lucas’, but without any soul? Or the eyes didn’t look alive or the fur anything but fluffy and realistic? What if I failed at something so important as honoring the relationship between a human and his or her pet?
After more than a decade of focusing on commissioned work of painting custom pet portraits for customers, I’ve honed my process down to simple and manageable steps and I’m here to guide you with my proven process to make sure you succeed.
With global media coverage and a long waitlist for my custom pet paintings, I believe it’s my artistic responsibility to now help you share your art with the world. I’m committed to helping you expand as an artist using the exact methods I’ve used to paint all my custom pet portraits and share the tools so you can paint with joy and your heart and be paid what you’re valued.
There’s something so special about painting animals that viewers connect deeply with and that evoke so much emotion and healing.
I can’t wait to see you in this course and coach you to finish a pet portrait that you’re proud to share.