I was recently asked this question which got me to thinking about the real answer. Actually there are several reasons why I create Custom Pet Portraits. The first and foremost reason is…
I LOVE DOGS!
I have always been drawn to them and as I child I would fearlessly go up to any dog and pet it. People even told me that their dogs were not friendly but they always were with me. As I got older I drew hundreds of pictures of dogs and never missed a dog show…local or televised!
Another reason is that I love to make people happy. I just finished this lovely dog named Casey and this is what her owner said when I sent the photos of her sculpture for her approval.
“When I first opened the email with the photos of my sculpture, I got tears in my eyes. This IS my Casey. The body proportions are perfect (which was difficult because she is part Beagle and part German Shepherd), the coloring is spot-on, and the details are astounding. The tail! The ears! Every time I look at the sculpture, I’m amazed at how well you captured my beloved pet. Casey is now 14 and was diagnosed with malignant melanoma recently, and her hips are failing. I’m preparing myself for the inevitable loss…and this sculpture embodies the real Casey–figuratively, in the way you captured her stance and smile, and literally, because some of Casey’s real fur was used in the sculpture. This is the second sculpture I’ve ordered from you, and I continue to be awed by your talent and artistry. Thank you for this, Gerry!”
I was so happy that she loved her custom sculpture of Casey and it is something that she will always treasure! They are even able to pose to add to the fun! I hope that she will remember the happy times that she had with Casey whenever she sees the sculpture that I made for her. To me this is so satisfying and I am grateful that people love my work! I feel honored that they trust me to create their dog in miniature!! Needle felting is a great creative outlet for me and I always have a dog of sorts (felted) in my house even though no pets are allowed. I ship my dogs all over the world and they all have a piece of my heart! I pour many hours and much love into each one! I do get attached to them and some are hard to give up!!lol! It doesn’t matter what breed they are….I Love them ALL!!