Commission a portrait of a beloved pet (or person), created by Leah Knecht, a classically trained artist. She will create a customized portrait that captures your pet's likeness and personality in a realistic, detailed work of art. Portraits offered to fit almost any budget, and many sizes are available. The ideal portrait will be created for you, as backgrounds can be added, and multiple pets combined into one portrait.
From your favorite photo, she will enhance the beauty inherent within, bring out the details, and produce a timeless, classic portrait of your pet that you will treasure forever. Even a sub-par photo can be transformed into a stunning portrait. Each portrait is done by hand using traditional, time-tested methods, and quality materials. No digital printing or shortcuts are used. You can follow the progress online if you wish.
Photographs fade over time, but oil paintings and pastels have lasted centuries. They also have their own presence, depth and richness, and can be created with different backgrounds, or a tonal color background to showcase your pet. Contact to order your own special portrait.
Visit “Gallery" for many more portraits, and larger versions.
Offering Complete Service: “If you’re not sure what you want, no problem. Send me photos of your pet, and I can suggest a good size for the photo that would work best. I then send mock-ups with backgrounds or colors for you to choose from. If you have a favorite photo, I will work from that one if possible. I can frame your oil portrait so that it’s ready to hang when you receive it. (Perfect for gifts!) Portraits are carefully packaged, insured, and shipped safely to your door. My goal is to provide the best possible portrait and level of service for all of my clients, and I offer portrait options to suit most budgets. I also can provide international shipping.
If you already know what you want, you can place your order online, email, or call (626) 644-8081. Orders are on a first come basis, unless there is a rush order, which I will try to accommodate." – Leah Knecht
|Before and After Examples: (See more examples on “Before and After” page)|
Portrait of Oliver, 14" x 18" Oil on Canvas. This is his true coloring, and his ear was lengthened. Notice the fine detail, and fur texture. To see a larger close-up detail, click here.
Original Photo of Oliver:
Portrait of Shelby, 9" x 12" Oil on Canvas. This is her true coloring, and the food in her mane was removed, and the portrait is done in a vignette style so that she stands out.
Original Photo of Shelby:
Hear What Clients are Saying: (read more on “Testimonials” page)s
“Oh Leah – The painting arrived and it is so beautiful – I am speechless. Thank you for helping me keep her memory alive. It is completely priceless to me. You are truly a blessing!...” – Catherine Morrison-Stokely
“Leah, I gave the painting to Ed as a gift and he absolutely loves it. It’s a great memory of a place and time for him and we both love having such a beautiful memory of a really exceptional dog. You captured Cole’s personality, not just his looks...” – Kristen Hammer
“Well! The portrait just arrived and you can't imagine how thrilled we are! You have so completely captured Pasha's personality, and her expression, especially her eyes, are truly magnificent. What an artist you are...” – Ben Borok
“You can receive a 15% discount, in gratitude for your valuable service. All Military members, active or retired; K9 handlers, service/volunteer dog owners or handlers qualify. Volunteers at animal rescue organizations also qualify. My own dogs are rescue dogs, so I appreciate your hard work and kind hearts.” – Leah Knecht