The Beauty of Realism

“My colored pencil pet portraits combine my love for animals and my talent for capturing their unique facial expressions, especially their eyes, in great detail. ”



I Love To Draw

Hi! My name is Barb and I am a pet portrait artist. I create true-to-life colored pencil drawings of dogs, cats, horses and birds from my home in Maryland.

Each of my drawings is carefully thought out and I pay a lot of attention to detail, so the piece really looks like your pet. I use your photos as a reference and within a few weeks time, you’ll have a unique treasure to either display in your home for years to come or give as a special gift.

Capture Every Detail…

My goal is to provide as realistic a portrait of your pet as possible. Some people want a remembrance portrait of a pet who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and others want a portrait of their current special companion.

Regardless of your desire, my goal is to give you something so true to life, that it reminds you of your beloved pet every time you look at it.

“Pets provide companionship, comfort, love and humor to our lives and no two are alike, which is why detailed drawing is so important to me.”


Learn More About Barb

What I Do…

Wouldn’t it be great to have a picture of your four-legged or feathered family member displayed in your home along with those of your human family? Do you want a unique remembrance of a pet or are you looking for a special gift for another pet-lover?

I can help you with all of that!

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How I Create…

When I see a photo of someone’s pet, I don’t just look at it as a nice picture of an animal. I see a beloved family member, who has a character and personality all its own. Every pet I have owned was certainly unique and just like with my kids, I wouldn’t want them alike, either! Some pets are clearly very serious in their expressions and some have a quizzical look about them. Some look like they are up to something or are planning to be up to something!

I take great care to capture those expressions in my drawings, which make them become “your” pet.

I use only professional grade Prismacolor Colored Pencils and Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Vellum paper, which allow me to create realism in my drawings. 


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One of a kind drawing

of your favorite pet or home.