Pet Portraits by Artist Thom Duffy

by admin on October 6, 2012 · 1 comment

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Pet Portraits by Thom Duffy

Pet Portraits by Thom Duffy

Pet Portraits by Thom Duffy

Pet Portraits by Artist Thom Duffy

Pet Portraits by Artist Thom Duffy

The pet portrait Thom Duffy is currently working on is a painting of Bailly, a German Shorthair Pointer, the owner provided good photographs for the artist to work from and he begins with pencil sketches. The artist explained to ShopaholicDog.com, “This drawing is a little more detailed because I was having a lot of fun with his coat. And now I’m starting to work it into watercolor. A lot of times the clients end up buying both the pencil sketches along with the watercolor.”

Thom Duffy spends the extra time drawing in order to get a better feel of the personality of the dog, the character and different looks. “That’s why I usually ask the client to send a couple of pictures to look through, so I can see what kind of personality the dog has. Taking photos of the dog is not always something I can do because several of my clients are in St. Louis, Fort Lauderdale…”

Bailly the German Shorthair, Pet Portraits by Thom Duffy, Pencil Drawing

Bailly the German Shorthair, Pet Portraits by Thom Duffy, Pencil Drawing

Thom Duffy created many pet portraits in the 1990’s including a show at Millenium Coffee (now Cafe Twelve) which were mostly acrylic on canvas, a medium he continues to work with. “In 2000 I was doing still life’s and cityscapes, landscapes…I had a show at Mangel Gallery in 2004. My work was shown at the Wayne Art Center and I was selected to win a prize for a still life painting. But this past December a client asked me to start up the pet portraits again.”

Many of the artists pet portraits are memorials and he continues to get commissions through referrals from his customers. Thom Duffy knows each of the portraits by the dog’s name – Pugsly, Piccalina, Petey. But many of the commissions are gifts for dog lovers who want to surprise loved ones with doggie portraits for Mother’s Day or birthdays. The artist thoughtfully presents the work with an atmosphere of where the dog lives such as a favorite chair or items that remind the owner of their life together such as a hunt scene or a 1940s fashion look.

Thom Duffy's Pet Portrait Studio

Thom Duffy's Pet Portrait Studio

Thom Duffy uses Constant Contact to send out newsletter ad campaigns to encourage patrons to order their pet portraits for holidays. If you would like to order a pet portrait it’s important to consider that the artist takes considerable time creating a work of art that not only memorializes a prized pet but is a wonderful work of art. The artist explained to ShopaholicDog.com, “I’ve worked in the fine arts since the early 1990s, I started off working for Rick Snyderman at Snyderman Gallery and after that I worked at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for the Women’s Board putting together the U.S.Artists, the American fine art show at the Armory. So, I’ve always been working in the fine arts and been painting all my life, the pet portraits is a nice mix.”

Thom Duffy with Petey the Dachshund

Thom Duffy with Petey the Dachshund

In order to get an excellent portrait, the artist requires good photographs to work from, ideally he would like to take the picture himself but if a client sends him a good image to start with half the work is done. “If they capture the dog, the glance, the glitter in the eye, just as the way they see their pet, and it’s an interesting photo I can just go with it. One image the dogs are looking up at the owner, that’s because he had a treat in his hand.” Thom Duffy may then use artistic license to improve the background of the painting and make the animal the center of attention with little tweaks and changes.

To learn more about how to commission your favorite pet’s portrait from Thom Duffy send E-mail to ThomDuffy64@mac.com, visit his website www.amtamembers,com/thomduffy or visit his FaceBook page, Thom Duffy Fine Art/Pet Portraits.

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Written and photographed by DoN Brewer for ShopaholicDog.com

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admin November 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I delivered a pet portrait to a happy client last night. It is a holiday gift so I’ll be posting after the holiday. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday. Please contact me if you wish to commission a Pet Portrait for your loved one. There is still time left. Yours, Thom 215-760-4124

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