Pet Portraits: The Art of Amazing Grace
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France
Art is the expression of the spirit. As a portrait artist I see that spirit through the eyes of the subjects I paint both animal and human. The animal companions that we share our lives with can mean the world to us. They are part of our families and are always there for us. When you look into their eyes you know there is no judgment. Simply love.
"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." Martin Buber
An original hand painted portrait is a beautiful and always unique way to celebrate or even memorialize a cherished member of your family. A pet portrait would make a great gift for family and friends to treasure for life. The comfort these portraits give to their owners is immeasurable.
"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." Abraham Lincoln
Pets define the meaning of grace. Pets represent all that is good within man. Pets also help us cope with the pressure and stress in our lives by just being present. Someone once said, "The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals."
That’s the grace that is amazing and makes these portraits so very special.
"BAH HUM"PUG" c2012
Please send several carefully selected clear photographs of your pet to me. Either by postal mail or through an e-mail attachment @
and Indicate which photo best represents his or her personality. Make sure it shows the truest coloring (eyes and coat) and any other information that you feel will be helpful for me to “see” what you see. Along with pictures, notes work well for this information.
*ALL PHOTOS WILL BE RETURNED WITH THE COMPLETED PORTRAIT.*
12 X 12 PORTRAIT, unframed ....$ 500.00 * Plus shipping.
14 X 18 PORTRAIT, unframed ....$ 800.00* Plus shipping..
* Additional head image in a single work, add....$ 100.00 each
$25.00, (unframed artwork) for packing and shipping via Insured Priority Mail (2 - 3 days).Cost is calculated by averaging the U.S. Post Office rates...wish that I could do it for less but Insured Priority Mail costs keep going up. (Note: costs for Shipping out of the U.S. will need to be calculated.)
A pet portrait is a very time consuming one-of-a-kind custom undertaking. Once the creative process begins I concentrate only on that portrait until it is completed. The next step is to send a rough draft of the portrait to you for approval and/or changes. The creative process is a major commitment on my part, I accept orders with full payment to insure the sincerity of the request.Payment can be made securely on this site through PayPal or if you prefer through check or money order.
c/o James Robert Kessler
PO Box 52 / Everson, Pa 15631
However, please know that I DO NOT deposit your check or money order until your portrait has been photographed and sent via e-mail attachment for your final approval. Only then will the final approved version be shipped to you. Blessings.
"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans" James Herriot
James Robert Kessler
Because of Him Art ministry 2014