Cat Memorials: Art to Celebrate & Remember

Custom Cat portrait by Zann Hemphill

The only downside to having cats is that they leave us too soon.
Art can be a great way to celebrate life’s greatest companions and keep happy memories close. And the best pet portrait artists are the ones who can work with you to capture what your best friend really looked like.

In the examples below, I worked with my clients to produce an original painting of their cat that became more than photos could offer.

Whether it was adding mementos, fixing the lighting, or creating something completely new from a composite of photos, these cat memorials took something that was already special–the bond between cats and their owners– and turned it into art.

Adding Mementos

Sometimes cats have favourite toys, collars or other objects that would make the memorial a stronger piece. When composing a painting, it’s really easy to add these in! 

Cat portrait by Zann

Lots of cats have special collars, but they’re not always showing in your favourite pictures of them. It’s ok if you can’t take a new photo–they can still be included in the painting.

Painting More Than One Cat

Sometimes you don’t have the perfect photo to work from when making a memorial, especially if you want two cats together. That’s ok!

Cat Painting Cat Memorial Pet Art

If you never quite captured the perfect reference of your cats together, I can create a composite from what’s available.

Cat memorial art

In this portrait, it was important to get the two cats together, but Boots (the handsome fluffy fellow on the right), had recently passed.

Using the two photos below, this 24″x36″ memorial portrait captured the two cats together perfectly.

Fixing Lighting

Everyone says black cats are hard to paint, but really they’re an opportunity for lighting to make a statement.

Back-lighting is also sometimes a concern, but back-lit cat photos don’t have to turn into back-lit paintings! You can get creative with how the photos you have can turn into the art memorial that you want.

Cat Painting Art by Zann

Memorials are all about keeping the happy times you had with your cat visible in your home. I’m here to help make that happen.

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate a past cat of yours, or someone you know, get in touch using the form below or send me an email at [email protected].

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