How I started as a professional pet painter.
We always treated our pets like members of the family. Growing up I was taught to be empathetic towards animals and to value their companionship. We had dogs, birds and rescue animals at my house, always. There was only a brief time shortly after I moved out in my early 20's that I didn't have a dog to call my closest friend. I had moved to Vancouver to be an artist and I worked diligently to make a name for myself. I began painting animals, mostly in watercolour. People started recognizing my style and I built a reputation as an animal painter.
I met Michelle in 2007 and she moved in with me soon after. Along with her came her pooch Sicilia. Sicilia was a street dog that she found in Sicily, hence the name. Michelle's family rescued Sicilia as a puppy, they found her near death by a dumpster. They cleaned her up and took her back with them to Germany where Sicilia lived with the family and a Newfoundland named Molly. In 2003 Michelle, her parents, her siblings, the two dogs and two cats immigrated to Canada and landed in Kelowna, British Columbia. Eventually Michelle made her way to Vancouver, which is where we met and moved in together. Along with Michelle came her 7 year old dog Sicilia. She was a dog unlike any I had seen, a complete mix, the closest breed I could find was a Croatian Hunting Dog. Sicilia became a major part of our lives, travelling and camping with us. At 10 years old Sicilia passed away from cancer and it was devastating for us. That Christmas as a gift and tribute, I painted the above oil painting of Sicilia and gave it to Michelle. Since then we have moved many times but this painting is always the first thing to go on the wall.
Now we are living in Calgary and we have Archie, A rescue from Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue, based in Canmore. Archie has been our close companion and family member for 4 years. He has moved with us, camped and even travelled all over Europe with us. He is laying at my feet as I type this.
In the years since that first painting of Sicilia, I have painted many custom pet portraits in both oil and watercolour on commission for friends, family and clients. I understand what a pet means to a family.
I would be very happy to create an original piece of art from a photo of your pet. I work in a bright, bold and colourful style. My paintings have lots of energy and look very modern.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a project.
Brent Andrew Clowater.